Skip to comments.Thousands in Spain protest health privatization
Posted on 12/17/2012 5:21:08 PM PST by Nachum
MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand Spanish public health workers and other people marched from four main hospitals in Madrid to converge on a main square in the capital Sunday, protesting the regional government's plans to restructure and part-privatize the sector.
The marches, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many were wearing, finally met mid-afternoon in Puerta del Sol. On Monday, the region's health councilor will meet with a committee responsible for coordinating professional services and union representatives to try and agree how to achieve 533 million ($697 million) in savings.
Doctors, nurses and public health users grouped into four columns marched from leading hospitals located in the north, south, east and west of the capital.
"Our health care system is going to be damaged," said Alberto Garcia, 26. "Patients are doomed to get a much worse service and this will just make us poorer."
Health care and education are administered by Spain's 17 semi-autonomous regions rather than the central government and Madrid proposes selling off the management of six of 20 large public hospitals and 27 of 268 health centers.
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This is the only thing that comforts me, that time is really on our side. Eventually, all of the excess will get washed away.
Aren’t we supposed to be more like Europe?
Patients will be doomed because we will spend much less money
We will be poorer because we will spend much less money
I'm not sure both of these statements will be true.
Can this happen any faster? Thank God!