The countdown begins on April 28th and at the Rights to Health Foundation we have been paying close attention to the political parties and their commitments in regards to healthcare. Through the No es Sano campaign and the Poletika platform we have been able to analyze a few of the electoral programs—that of the PSOE, People’s Party and Citizens. Unfortunately we have not found promising results.
In general, we find the commitments to be ambiguous and a bit ambitious. For example, although the PSOE indicated it would review the current decree that regulates the access to health services, it has not specifically committed to eliminating the conditions that immortalize the exclusion of immigrants; therefore, we are only able to contemplate the idea of universal access independent of immigration status. Neither the People’s Party nor Citizens have tackled this issue, limiting themselves to only addressing the matter in regards to Spanish citizens.
In the global fight against AIDs and other pandemics, the PSOE is the only party that endorses global health proposals by committing itself to resume donations to the Global Fund for the fight against AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria. Similarly, there are no references to critical issues, such as transparency or the emerging measures for the control of the unbearable rise in the prices of medications. From our point of view, the existing proposals on open science, and the role of the public sector in research and the financing of biomedical innovation projects within the political parties on the left are insufficient.
If you want to consult a detailed analysis from No es Sano and/or Poletika, you may access them here: