This report analyses four challenges relating to health in Spain: improving the population’s health, promoting healthy lifestyle habits, guaranteeing access to healthcare and the viability of services for dependency.
Executive summary and conclusions
Universality of access, adequate care at all stages of a person’s life cycle and good quality of services are all factors that determine a healthcare system’s strength. What do the data reveal?
The situation in Spain
The state of health of the Spanish population has shown a notable improvement in recent years. For example, there has been a reduction in the percentage of people whose poor health limits them in performing everyday activities, as has that of chronically ill patients diagnosed with hypertension.
The situation in Europe
The indicators for Spain reflect a better state of health there than in the majority of European countries, except in the case of healthy lifestyles, which is in an intermediate position.
In Spain, spending volume per inhabitant grew until the crisis, when the tendency was interrupted. Despite this, it continues occupying an intermediate position among the European countries in terms of spending per inhabitant and in relation with GDP.
Would you like to know how we calculated these indicators? View the Methodological Appendix.