Economic crisis and counter-reform of universal health care systems: Spanish case

  • Paulo Antônio de Carvalho Fortes Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Saúde Pública; Departamento de Prática de Saúde
  • Regina Ribeiro Parizi Carvalho Instituto de Assistência Médica ao Servidor Público Estadual; Centro de Desenvolvimento e Pesquisa
  • Marília Cristina Prado Louvison Universidade de São Paulo; Faculdade de Saúde Pública; Departamento de Prática de Saúde

Abstract

The economic crisis that has been affecting Europe in the 21st century has modified social protection systems in the countries that adopted, in the 20th century, universal health care system models, such as Spain. This communication presents some recent transformations, which were caused by changes in Spanish law. Those changes relate to the access to health care services, mainly in regards to the provision of care to foreigners, to financial contribution from users for health care services, and to pharmaceutical assistance. In crisis situations, reforms are observed to follow a trend which restricts rights and deepens social inequalities.
Published
2015-01-01
How to Cite
Fortes, P., Carvalho, R., & Louvison, M. (2015). Economic crisis and counter-reform of universal health care systems: Spanish case. Revista De Saúde Pública, 49, 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2015049005469
Section
Brief Communications