Madrid has dropped plans to force all the regions to introduce a fee for the use of an ambulance in non-emergency situations.
Back in 2012, a new law came out which ordered the regions to charge a fee (between €5 and €10) per use of an ambulance.
The same law introduced fees for orthoprosthetics and dietary therapy, things that were previously free.
However… the regions have been feet dragging, and the law hasn’t been applied in most of Spain.
Ana Mato, Minister for Health and Equality, said that the “efforts of the citizens were bearing fruit and new efforts are not necessary”.
So the Ministry of Health has today announced that it will withdraw the law. Plans to introduce charges for other parts of the health service continue.