More financing and collaboration: the keys of the sector to get health care out of the crisis

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Working together, more financing and digitization of the health system. These are the main conclusions of the ‘II Health Observatory Symposium: The Lessons of Covid-19’, organized by EL ESPAÑOL and Invertia, which today celebrates its fourth and last day.

A forum that has served as the stage for the health sector to take stock of this year and a half of pandemic and put on the table what the lessons of Covid-19 have been and what challenges the health system is facing.

One of the most repeated phrases of the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, is “together, together, together“And it is that the health crisis has highlighted the need for public-private partnership, as also highlighted Juan Abarca, president of IDIS. “It is the great lesson of this pandemic,” he added.

10. Round table. Conclusions of the II Observatory of Health of EL ESPAÑOL.

In this sense, Abarca recalled that “private health has always complemented the public”, to which he added that “private resources cannot be eliminated no matter how hard they are.”

And it is that, the private sector represents 30% of the sanitary activity. “If we are not able to have all the resources, the system will always be lame,” continued the president of IDIS.

Jesús Aguilar, Margarita Alfonsel, Juan Abarca, Arturo Criado, Javier Urzay and Pilar Aparicio.

Jesús Aguilar, Margarita Alfonsel, Juan Abarca, Arturo Criado, Javier Urzay and Pilar Aparicio.

Also the financing It has been another of the most debated issues in this II Symposium of the Health Observatory. And the health industry agrees: more money is needed.

Undoubtedly, the European funds that will be allocated to health are well received by the sector, but they demand a “stable and sustained” investment, in the words of Javier Urzay, Deputy Director General of Farmaindustria, who recalled that “the resources allocated to health are an investment and not an expense.”

Along these lines, the representative of the pharmaceutical industry has called for further financing formulas and agreements and to seek a system of early access to medicines.

Margarita Alfonsel, general secretary of Fenin, has focused on the need to work to achieve “the maximum investments” that allow carrying out all the transformations that the health system needs “.

Specifically, the health technology sector will take almost 800 million from European funds to renew hospital equipment. But it is an “insufficient” amount.

Too Jesús Aguilar, president of the General Council of Pharmacists, has affected the need for greater financing. “We have to provide financially for our health system.”

Pilar Aparicio talks with Cruz Sánchez de Lara and Pedro J. Ramírez.

Pilar Aparicio talks with Cruz Sánchez de Lara and Pedro J. Ramírez.

At the opening of this II Symposium, the Minister of Health highlighted the upcoming creation of a state public health center. A point that was already addressed in the first edition of this forum and that, in addition, was one of the proposals of the decalogue that was presented.

“It is one of our priorities,” he said. Pilar Aparicio, Director of Public Health of the Ministry of Health. In fact, its start-up is endowed with funds from the Recovery Plan.

For Abarca, the creation of this center continues to be “essential” and must be “an independent entity that brings together all public health issues, from prevention policies to monitoring and care planning.”

And one more idea: having a network of pharmacy offices. “The sum of all the efforts of the agents will make this type of agencies have a relevant role in the future of health,” added Aguilar.


And of course, the digitization. The digital transformation of the health system has been another of the hot spots of this Health Observatory.

And the Ministry of Health is aware that in this line there is an important improvement framework. “A part of the recovery plans are destined to the digitization of the health system“said Aparicio.

Abarca has been blunt in this regard: “You have to invest in digital transformation and you have to do it with all the operators because otherwise you will lose part of the data that is generated.”

The challenge of integrating the data is precisely one of the concerns that the representative of the pharmacists has shown: “You have to know how to integrate them,” said Aguilar.

And that is not the only challenge. So is the training of professionals sanitary. “We have to help them by providing them with tools to do their job better. The data will offer important support to make better diagnoses and give treatments with greater precision,” Urzay pointed out.

Although there is still a long way to go, Aparicio also wanted to value the potential of Spain. “We have to be aware that if we stand out in something in the European Union, it is that we are leaders in everything that is interoperability. An example is the digital covid certificate and that we were among the first to implement it.”

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