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Gaceta Sanitaria

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BACIGALUPE, Amaia et al. Austerity and healthcare privatization in times of crisis: are there any differences among autonomous communities?. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.1, pp.47-51. ISSN 0213-9111.

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 : Economic crisis; Spain; Healthcare policy; Healthcare privatization; Austerity.

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