The Asturians are the inhabitants of Spain who most value public health, according to the Health Barometer that the Ministry of Health has published today. In total, consider that the system is OK or needs some changes 82.2% of those surveyed by the CIS (Center for Sociological Research) in 2018. The average for the whole of Spain is 68.3%. The minimum is given by the Canary Islands (54%) and the citizens of Melilla (51.8%), the autonomous city whose management corresponds to the Ministry of Health.
The Basque and Navarran citizens are also above 80% satisfaction. Below 60% are the Andalusians. Precisely the Basque Country, Asturias and Navarre are, in this order, the communities that most budgeted to spend on health per person in 2018, according to the calculations of the Federation of Associations for the Defense of Public Health. Andalusia is the last on this list, and Canarias, the fifth by the tail.
If one observes the evolution, in which the data of the barometer are always positive and have little inter-annual variations, that 68.3% of citizens who approve it supposes the fourth year of consecutive rise, from the minimum of acceptance by 62.7 % of 2014, who had gone down from 73.88% in 2010. This variation corresponds quite well with the cuts of the crisis (first measures in 2010 with the PSOE, second and most drastic in 2012 with the PP) and the subsequent recovery.
Among the people who answered that the system needed profound changes or to be completely rethought, 86.8% said that the main system defect was on the waiting lists. They are followed by mass care in the emergency department (mentioned by 67.7%), the short time spent by doctors (38.8%) and the copayment for medicines (36.4%). This question does not appear as in the survey of other years, so you can not compare how it has evolved.
In addition, the barometer incorporates as a novelty this year the comparison with other Western countries, and the satisfaction of Spanish users, with data for 2016, is the highest, followed by that of Germans, Norwegians and Swiss.
Apart from the questions that are repeated year after year, the CIS survey usually incorporates questions that indicate what issues are of interest to the current government. On this occasion, questions have been included about the electronic cigarette and the new smoking devices without combustion. On both there is a majority opinion that they represent a risk to health (56.7% and 63.2% of informative responses, respectively), and there are also more (62%) who think that it should be regulated " the same way that has been done with traditional tobacco. "
In this regard the Executive has surveyed for a possible increase in areas where smoking is prohibited, according to the recommendations of specialists such as the National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking. Here are more those who oppose (46.2%) than those who are in favor (41.3%). Among the latter there are three clearly preferred options: that you do not smoke in cars (whether children go or if other people go there) and in sports stadiums. Only 1% of the total supports the prohibition of smoking in public spaces such as parks and beaches.