Public Healthcare: Citizen's Preferences in Spain

Healthcare (Basel). 2020 Nov 8;8(4):467. doi: 10.3390/healthcare8040467.


This paper analyzes the stability of citizens' preferences on public healthcare services in Spain. Nowadays, the increasing privatization of some healthcare services and the rapid emergence of private hospitals have caused changes in people's preferences on public healthcare systems. This paper focuses on analyzing the preferences of Spaniards on their healthcare system over time under the assumption that citizens' preferences are represented by complete pre-orders. Data for this study were collected from the Spanish Health Barometer survey, and they were searched from 1995 until 2018. The results show that preferences on the public healthcare system are very stable along time.

Keywords: healthcare barometer; inter-temporal preferences; preference stability.