Catalonia tries to tackle growing waiting lists

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:881
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    A new health plan for the Spanish state of Catalonia aims to reduce lengthy waiting lists by boosting local hospitals outside the main cities.

    In recent years, responsibility for public services has been transferred from Spain's central government in Madrid to individual states, and Catalonia is seen as a good model for other states to follow.

    A key objective of Catalonia's health plan is to decentralise resources to reduce the pressure on the main hospitals. These city hospitals would have fewer beds, deal with more …

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