Group gives mixed reviews to regional healthcare

Doctors perform renal transplant at hospital in Andalucia. Photo: Europa Press / Junta de Andalucia
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• Navarre, Aragon, Basque Country top list of best regions for public healthcare
• Valencia again finishes last in points-based ranking of 28 healthcare factors

The National public healthcare watchdog organization known by its initials as FADSP (Federation of Associations for the Defense of Public Healthcare) has released its annual ranking of public healthcare in Spain, giving very mixed reviews to the delivery of healthcare services across Spain’s 17 regions and autonomous communities.

While the three regions where FADSP considers Spanish healthcare is at its best are Navarre, Aragon and the Basque Country, federation spokesperson Marciano Sánchez Bayle said the best that can be said is that the sharp cutbacks that have hit Spanish healthcare hard under the conservative 2011-2015 Partido Popular (PP) government of prime minister Mariano Rajoy have been less drastic in the top three regions than throughout the rest of the country.

The Basque Country enjoys the most per capita spending on healthcare, followed by Extremadura and Navarre, while Andalucia, Madrid and the Balearic Islands spend the least on healthcare per resident, according to the FADSP findings.

The federation’s annual ranking assigns points to each regional community based on analysis of 28 different factors. In this year’s survey from FADSP, the Valencian community held the ignominious distinction of again finishing last — just behind the Canary Islands — in the overall points-based ranking, a position Valencia has held for 11 of the past 12 annual years.

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