[Crisis and the independence of public health policies. SESPAS report 2014]

Gac Sanit. 2014 Jun;28 Suppl 1:24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2014.03.005. Epub 2014 Apr 17.
[Article in Spanish]


Independence in the formulation of public health policies can be affected by various agents with objectives contrary to population health, such as large corporations. This lack of independence may be exacerbated by the economic crisis due to lower funding for health regulatory bodies or other measures designed to protect health. Large corporations have influenced the formulation of certain policies with an impact on health, such as those related to the tobacco industry, the chemical industry, nutrition, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and health technology. The main areas in which these companies can influence policies are science, education, politics, and society in general. In this scenario, public health associations should take an active role in ensuring the independence of political decisions via actions such as the following: supporting strategies that guarantee the independence of public health policies and apply criteria of impartiality and transparency; rejecting those public-private partnerships launched to prevent health problems partly caused by these corporations; establishing partnerships to achieve independent training of health professionals and an institution with scientific authority in order to improve public health communication and counteract the lack of sound public health information; promoting a critical analysis of the definition of health problems and their solutions, and establishing related agendas (scientific, political and media) and alliances, so that continuing training for health professionals is independent.

Keywords: Corporaciones; Corporations; Crisis económica; Economic crisis; Independence; Independencia; Public health; Salud pública.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Economic Recession
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Public Health*
  • Spain