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Spain cuts waiting times for surgery

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:419
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    Spain's national health service (INSALUD) reduced the mean waiting time for surgical procedures from three months to two during 1998.Patients are now waiting about five months less than they did in 1996,when the mean waiting time was about seven months.

    These encouraging data were presented last month by the minister of health, Jose Manuel Romay-Beccaria, who …

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