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New coalition to defend public health services launched in Catalonia

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b645 (Published 17 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b645
  1. Miguel Jara
  1. 1Madrid

    A coalition of health professionals, academics, trade unionists, and others is being launched next week (February 20) in Barcelona to defend the right of citizens in the autonomous region of Catalonia to have access to public health services.

    Opposition to the present Catalan Health Department, run by Marina Geli of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC-PSOE), has been mounting in recent years because increasing privatisation has led to inequalities in healthcare provision.

    The 1990 Catalan Health Law set up a “mixed” public-private model for hospital services that made certain services more accessible to people who can pay, even though the Catalan Health …

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