Most governments regard the two areas of health and education as untouchable in terms of cuts. However, the situation in Spain is desperate and so these two areas of public spending have to face cuts.
The Health Ministry has decided to increase the price of 4,000 medicines from the 1st July. Green prescriptions for the affected medicines will have a black spot on them showing that they are subject to the price hike.
The price rise coincides with the introduction of the 'copago' system. However, the ministry has said that this will depend on how well the information technology and access to computer programmes has been developed in the different regions.