JUNE 2021 – The Spanish Private Health Alliance (ASPE) has measured in a complete report the impact of the pandemic in its 288 general hospital centers (those with the highest incidence due to the pandemic) during 2020. The study concludes that: the Spanish private health sector has faced extreme difficulties, with an unprecedented reduction in ordinary activity and dealing with extraordinary cost overruns related to COVID-19.
Despite the difficulties, general hospitals (62% of all private hospitals in Spain) increased their workforce by 6% in 2020 compared to the previous year, incorporating 5,000 new professionals, both healthcare (73%) and non-healthcare (27 %). However, the complexity of the situation experienced by private health professionals is manifest: 1 out of 4 (26.3%) have been sick due to COVID-19.
Carlos Rus, President of ASPE