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Spain’s new Minister for the Economy “feels sympathetic” for the Catalan Government’s “austerity efforts”

In a radio interview, Luis de Guindos, said he is supportive of the budget austerity measures put in place by the Catalan Government over the last 12 months. In addition, the new Spanish Minister for the Economy stated that the drug prescription fee proposed by the Catalan Government is Catalonia’s responsibility, contrary to that said by the previous Spanish Government. In addition, the Catalan Health Minister explained that the drug prescription fee would include exceptions “basically” based on personal “economic reasons”.

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02 January 2012 10:29 PM

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Madrid (ACN).- In a radio interview on Monday morning, the new Spanish Minister for the Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, from the Conservative People\u2019s Party (PP), said he is \u201Cvery sympathetic\u201D to the Catalan Government\u2019s \u201Causterity efforts\u201D. According to the new man in charge of Spain\u2019s economic policies, the spending cuts the Catalan Government have been undertaking over the past 12 months is \u201Cin line with others we are experiencing in the autonomies, in the Spanish Government and at European level\u201D. Furthermore, De Guindos stated that the drug prescription fee proposed by the Catalan Government is part of Catalonia\u2019s \u201Cresponsibility efforts\u201D. De Guindos\u2019 opinion differs from that of the previous Spanish Government, who had serious doubts Catalonia could take such a decision on its own. The Catalan Health Minister explained that the drug prescription fee will include exceptions based on personal \u201Ceconomic reasons\u201D in order to avoid people with lower incomes to be left out.


The Spanish Minister for the Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, was asked in a radio interview on Monday with SER about the budget austerity measures undertaken by the Catalan Government, which is being run for the past year by the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition \u2018Convergència i Unió\u2019 (CiU). In particular, De Guindos was asked about the Catalan Government\u2019s proposal to charge patients with a symbolic \u20AC1 fee for every drug prescription. \u201CI guess the Catalan Government has accurately studied it, has very carefully analysed it, and is part of its responsibilities\u201D, he said. De Guindos refused to personally position himself for or against the measure. He also refused to assess if the drug prescription fee will be implemented in the rest of the Autonomous Communities because \u201Ceach one of them will have to consider and analyse it\u201D, and \u201Cnot all of them are in the same situation\u201D. In any case, De Guindos said he agrees with the spending reduction measures undertaken by the Catalan Government: \u201CObviously I feel very sympathetic with the austerity measures undertaken by the Catalan Government. It is something we are experiencing in the autonomies, in the Spanish Government, and at European level\u201D.

The Catalan drug prescription fee to include exceptions

The Catalan Minister for Health, Boi Ruiz, gave more details about one of the main austerity measures for 2012: the drug prescription fee. The Catalan Government will charge patients \u20AC1 for each drug prescription. Ruiz explained on Monday that the measure would have an \u201Cexception\u201D based on \u201Ceconomic measures\u201D. People with lower incomes may be excluded, or could have reductions. Ruiz insisted that this fee does not mean partially privatising healthcare, and said it is a fee similar to others paid in other public services.

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  • The new Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness, Luís de Guindos (by ACN)

  • The new Spanish Minister for Economy and Competitiveness, Luís de Guindos (by ACN)