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Spain considers charging for health care to help plug its financial deficit

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3063 (Published 08 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3063
  1. Miguel Jara
  1. 1Madrid

    The Spanish government is considering introducing a fee per visit for publicly funded healthcare services in a bid to help plug the hole in its finances.

    Health authorities in various autonomous regions like Catalonia, Valencia, Madrid, or Asturias, have backed this approach in the past few weeks, despite widespread opposition.

    The campaign group, the Madrid Network Against Privatisation of Public Health Care (CAS Madrid), states that the treasury is studying the feasibility of implementing a fee per visit system.

    The various options under consideration, it says, include charging …

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