Spain’s anticovid healthcare spending is double the European Union average

Spain has committed to anticovid health measures practically double the money per inhabitant than the average of the central governments in the European Union in its budget projects.

In a report published this Thursday on health in Europe, the OECD and the European Commission explain that Spain has dedicated 220 euros per person for emergency health measures in the face of the pandemic, compared to 112 on average in the 21 EU countries of which you have data.

Ahead of Spain, those that have devoted the most to these exceptional health items have been the United Kingdom (446 euros), Germany (302) and Ireland (274). Far behind are France (108), Italy (101) or Belgium (75), which have also been some of the hardest hit by the epidemic.

All these figures do not include contributions from governments such as autonomous communities, although the study specifies that the 10,030 million euros of the Spanish plan for July also included transfers to the regions.

The budgets presented by European countries to deal with the COVID crisis vary considerably, since they move in a range of between 5 and 20% of their gross domestic product (GDP), mostly dedicated to protecting the employment and businesses.

The impact they have suffered in terms of mortality or drop in activity also varies greatly.

Until the end of October, the countries in which the most deaths from coronavirus had been counted in comparative terms were Belgium (1,015 per million inhabitants), Spain (764), United Kingdom (699), Italy (640), Sweden (580 ) and France (549), compared to an average of 372 in the EU.

And if what is analyzed is the increase in total mortality compared to previous years – an indicator that includes deaths induced by the crisis – the worst figures until the end of last month are those of Spain, with an “excess “of 1,021 deaths per million inhabitants, followed by the United Kingdom (961), Italy (740), Belgium (732), Holland (562) and France (448).


In total, as of November 15, some 10 million people in Europe had been officially infected by the coronavirus, of which more than 265,000 have died.

The study authors warn that the pandemic will cause a stagnation or even a decline in life expectancy this year in the worst hit countries, but without giving details.

With the latest available comparative data for 2018, Spain was the EU country with the highest life expectancy (83.5 years), followed by Italy (83.4) and France (82.9).

Those responsible for the report point out that only a few countries have managed to limit both the health and economic crisis, in particular Estonia, Finland and Norway, which can be partly explained by geographical factors (less population density).

But also because they were better prepared, they quickly tested, tracked the contagions and observed the isolation.

In addition, he had great confidence in the authorities that translated into great compliance with the rules that were dictated.