Thursday, August 29, 2013


Never comes (perhaps two years after mañana?) if you're waiting for medical care in Spain;
More than half-a-million people are currently on waiting lists for some kind of surgery right now in Spain. That's 1.2 percent of the total population, and the figure has risen by 120,000 people in just a year.
....Bernardo Pons Sintes (63), a patient from Menorca who is suffering from spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal - speaks about his fears. "My back is in a terrible state," he says. "If it gets any worse, I could end up in a wheelchair." He has only been on the waiting list since August 23, but he is not expecting anything to happen anytime soon. "The doctor said to me, 'Your condition is very serious, but as there are no operating theaters, I won't be able to operate on you for two years'."
Neither of these cases are as extreme as that of Luis Canabal Ramón, a man from León who died waiting for an operation on an artery after nine months on a waiting list.
Well, at least they have health insurance.

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