New context and old challenges in the health system

Article by Manel Peíró and Joan Barrubés for the Revista Española de Cardiología


The economic crisis can not hide the need for transformation of the National Health System (NHS). For years the financial difficulties have been well known for the health system, whose spending grows faster than the economy. The development and diffusion of new technologies and increased use of health services along with drug costs, inflation rates, and the low efficiency of the system explain the new context. The challenges that face the health system are not new:addressing the debt, improve funding, review the list of benefits, transform the governance of the system, and give institutions real autonomy management. The severity of the economic situation can be an opportunity to make the long-awaited changes.


Manel Peiró, Joan Barrubés (Antares Consulting)

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