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Gac Sanit. 2016 Jan-Feb;30(1):47-51. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.10.003. Epub 2015 Nov 29.

[Austerity and healthcare privatization in times of crisis: are there any differences among autonomous communities?].

[Article in Spanish]

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1
Departamento de Sociología 2, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Leioa, Bizkaia, España; Grupo de Investigación en Determinantes Sociales de la Salud y Cambio Demográfico-OPIK, Leoia, Bizkaia, España. Electronic address: amaia.bacigalupe@ehu.eus.
2
Departamento de Sociología 2, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Leioa, Bizkaia, España; Grupo de Investigación en Determinantes Sociales de la Salud y Cambio Demográfico-OPIK, Leoia, Bizkaia, España.
3
Departamento de Sociología 2, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Leioa, Bizkaia, España.
4
Departamento de Sociología y Trabajo Social, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Vitoria-Gasteiz, España.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyse the differences between autonomous communities in Spain according to their policies of austerity and healthcare privatization during the economic crisis.

METHODS:

Changes in the application of legal reforms, healthcare privatization and healthcare financing/resources in the autonomous communities were analysed, and a summary indicator of each dimension was constructed.

RESULTS:

The Basque Country showed the clearest behaviour towards a weak policy of austerity and privatization, as opposed to La Rioja, Madrid, and the Balearic Islands.

CONCLUSIONS:

The three classifications will enable analysis of the mediating effect of policies of austerity and privatization in the relationship between the economic crisis and health in the Spanish context.

KEYWORDS:

Austeridad; Austerity; Crisis económica; Economic crisis; España; Healthcare policy; Healthcare privatization; Política sanitaria; Privatización sanitaria; Spain

PMID:
26646086
DOI:
10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.10.003
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