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Government to make healthcare free and universal again 'within six weeks'
15 June 2018 @ 18:55

SPAIN'S new government is working on a Bill of Law, or Royal Decree that will once again make free healthcare universal for everyone living in the country, irrespective of their legal status.

The previous right-wing PP-led government stopped healthcare for anyone who was not legally resident, except for emergency treatment, all care for the under-18s and for pregnant or post-partum women, back in 2012.

And hospitals and clinics did not always have the same criteria as to what constituted an emergency.

An overwhelming number of doctors defied the ruling, which they said was 'cruel' and 'leaving people to die or stay ill', and continued to treat anyone who walked through their surgery doors without asking questions.

One of the most vocal in this sense was the region of Valencia, whose newly-elected regional government, in 2015, announced healthcare would be available free to anyone who needed it – and who were ordered by the State and the courts to follow the rules.

Health experts have said restricting care and expecting those not eligible to pay for it does not actually save money – in fact, it costs more, because most of those left untreated would be unable to fund their own medical attention and would eventually become an emergency, costing more to assist because the problem had been left unmedicated for too long.

Also, with undocumented migrants refused all but emergency or childbirth-related care, the risk of infectious tropical conditions was high.



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degato34 said:
16 June 2018 @ 09:01

What a wonderful and magnanimous decision 👍

Limesoc said:
16 June 2018 @ 09:57

Can any tell me how this would affect non-resident U.K. Pensioners who live 50/50 Spain:UK?

Oracal said:
16 June 2018 @ 17:34

This is fantastic news. Possibly the best decision the Spanish government has made in the last six years.

toolman2 said:
16 June 2018 @ 19:33

This is probably marking Spain as the most sensible and civilised country in the world. It is well known the standard of care is one of the finest anywhere. Very welcome news as I hope very soon this year to be making a permanent move to my Spanish home. Health care for my wife and I was one of our main concerns.

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