Medical Care costs in Valencia have risen by 3.6% year on year in 2018, as healthcare providers and hospital workers have been hit hard by the recession, according to data from Spain’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
The health ministry’s health and social affairs ministry said the total number of emergency and outpatient admissions in Valencia fell by 7% in 2018 compared to the previous year, while the number of outpatient admissions rose by 9% and the number hospital admissions rose 11%.
It said the increase in hospital admissions was due to the arrival of about 2,000 more patients in the emergency department during the winter months and the closure of some hospitals during the summer.
Valencia’s total health expenditure increased by 7.2% in 2017, according the ministry.
The healthcare system in the region is not well equipped for treating patients with complex illnesses, said Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, the chief executive of Valencia’s regional public health service.
“We have to do more than what is necessary to treat patients.
We have to be more efficient,” he said.
A large number of patients are not receiving appropriate care because of the economic crisis, Rodriguez said.
The situation is worsening, he said, adding that Valencia has a high number of hospitalizations and the situation is getting worse.
“We need to change the way we are going about healthcare in the country.
It’s an ongoing problem,” Rodriguez said, as he was visiting a hospital in the city of Valencia.
The national unemployment rate rose to 8.7% in May, up from 7.9% in April.
The number of unemployed persons nationwide was nearly 4 million, a new record.