AUSTERITY SPAIN

Government to charge illegal immigrants for healthcare

Rajoy administration tweaks previous full-exclusion decree

Doctors' association calls on medics to rebel

The government's plan to completely exclude illegal immigrants from the public healthcare system has been adapted to include a minor concession: undocumented foreigners will be able to access medical services under specific circumstances, or for a price.

The proposal being drawn up by Mariano Rajoy's administration, to which EL PAÍS has had access, is similar in effect to an insurance policy for private healthcare. For the under-65s, the cost will be 710.40 euros a year, or 59.20 a month. For those over 65, the fee will rise to 1,864.80, or 155.40 a month. In both instances the payment will allow access only to basic state healthcare services. Costs for medicine and health transport services will be excluded and should a monthly payment be missed, the policy-holder will have their medical access suspended for three months.

As in a previous decree signed in April, minors and pregnant women are excluded from the policy system and entitled to free healthcare. Even so, for prescription medicines these groups will have to pay 40 percent of the cost.

Other people exempt from the new regulation are those that have suffered any type of ill-treatment and asylum-seekers. Many regions, including Andalusia, the Basque Country and Asturias, plan to oppose the Health Ministry's order to bar the doors of surgeries to non-resident immigrants as of September. It will fall to the regions to carry out the implementation of the plan, including checking documents and managing the policy system.

The Spanish society of primary care physicians, SEMFyC, has already called on doctors to ignore the government decree.

Para poder comentar debes estar registrado en Eskup y haber iniciado sesión

Darse de alta ¿Por qué darse de alta?

Otras noticias

LATIN AMERICA

Michoacán murders soar despite security offensive

Paula Chouza México

National homicide rate has dropped but kidnappings are on the rise

Brazil struggles with growing security problem ahead of World Cup

Unrest on the rise as 'favela' residents complain of police abuses

Panama Canal workers go on strike over salaries

EFE Panama City

Work stoppage comes after cost-overruns agreement reached

Court orders Santos to reinstate fired Bogota mayor

Former guerrilla was removed from office for violating free-market reforms

Rio shantytown violence spreads to Copacabana

Residents of nearby 'favela' block roads in famous beachside district, forcing shops to close early

Brazil passes far-reaching internet law

Bill establishes rules for providers and guarantees for users

Lo más visto en...

» Top 50

Webs de PRISA

cerrar ventana