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A global and universal health system

One of the best things that our welfare state has is the public health system and its universality, which guarantees all citizens, regardless of their social, educational or economic status, quality care. Yes, despite the shortcomings it suffers, despite the cuts it has suffered, despite the endemic scarcity of resources, our public health system works relatively well, largely thanks to the overexertion of the professionals who work in it. This is also how citizens understand it, as shown by the latest Report on the National Health System published this week by the Ministry of Health with the data available until September 2021. And if before the pandemic the assessment of the public health system by the population stood at 6.7 points out of 10 (year 2019), in this latest report the rating is above 7 out of 10 and, specifically, Primary Care receives a rating of 7.3 and the activity of hospitals is value with 7.1 points. Indeed, anyone who gets sick knows that they can go to a primary care center or a hospital and that they will be well cared for. However, things change when it comes to solving other health problems whose cost is not fully covered by Social Security and which require considerable spending that not all citizens are in a position to afford. We talk about oral health, visual health, hearing health… health, in short. In this sense, the system faces a huge challenge, since not being able to pay for oral treatment can lead to more serious problems, such as not being able to pay for glasses represents, in addition to a health problem, an obstacle to the development of social and work life of many people. Universality also in these issues would avoid a lot of inequality.

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