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Spanish reform bill looks to prevention to ensure viability of health service

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3701 (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3701
  1. María de Lago
  1. 1Madrid

    Spain is preparing a reform of its health service that will place greater emphasis on prevention and the cost saving potential of public health policies.

    The goal is not only to improve the general health of the population but to contribute to the economic viability of the national healthcare system—which is more than €7bn (£6bn; $9bn) in debt—and to economic and social sustainability in Spain.

    A draft bill from the country’s Ministry of Health and Social Policies, which is expected to enter Congress any day, outlines ways to boost prevention campaigns, promote preventive …

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