MADRID — Spaniards spent a file excessive quantity on personal medical health insurance final 12 months, in line with knowledge launched Wednesday, amid rising discontent with the nation’s once-prized public well being system.
Spending in 2022 hit a complete $11.36 billion, a rise of seven% over 2021, Spain’s Affiliation of Insurers stated. It added that round 12 million Spaniards — 1 / 4 of the inhabitants — are actually coated by a personal well being coverage.
The determine is all of the extra exceptional as all working Spaniards should contribute funds for public medical health insurance — whereas public well being care is on the market freed from cost to the registered unemployed.
Ballot knowledge from Spain’s CIS public analysis institute late final 12 months present that simply 11% of Spaniards suppose the general public well being system “usually capabilities effectively.”
Ready occasions for appointments with physicians have doubled throughout Spain because the COVID-19 pandemic started, whereas virtually 40% waited greater than three months to see a specialist.
In Madrid, the capital, docs have held a collection of strikes in current months over pay and dealing circumstances.
Docs’ unions say Madrid spends the least quantity per capita on major well being care of any Spanish area, despite the fact that it has the best per capita earnings. They declare that for each 2 euros spent on well being care in Madrid, one leads to the personal sector.
Healthcare in Spain is devolved to its 17 regional governments.
The World Well being Group warned final 12 months that every one European nations “at the moment face extreme challenges associated to the well being and care workforce.”