More than half of the high health technology in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands are in private hospitals

The distribution of high health technology in public or private hospitals presents great differences depending on the autonomous community. In La Rioja or Cantabria almost 100% of these groups are in public centers, while in Catalonia or the Balearic Islands more than half are in private hospitals.

It follows from the past Observatory of the Private Healthcare Sector 2024 provided by IDIS Foundation With data from the Ministry of Health. According to the report, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Navarra are the communities with the highest percentage of private teams (2022 data). In Catalonia, 55% of high-tech equipment (such as mammogram or MRI equipment) is found in private hospitals. In the Balearic Islands the distribution is similar: 53% in private centers vs. 47% in public centers; and in Navarra, 49% private and 51% public. Madrid and the Canary Islands have the highest percentage of teams in private centres, 44% and 42% respectively.

On the opposite side, La Rioja, Cantabria or Extremadura. The first is that almost 100% (88%) of these groups are in public hospitals, 86% in Cantabria and 84% in Extremadura. In Andalusia, Castilla y León, Murcia, Castilla La Mancha and Aragón, seven out of ten high-tech equipment are in hospitals belonging to the National Health System.

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43% of mammograms, at private centers

„Investment and economic activities created by private companies in the health sector not only stimulate industrial growth, but also position health as a cornerstone in the modern economy and drive the adoption of advanced technologies,” says the IDIS Foundation, in a document that analyzes in detail the contribution of the private sector to the public system.

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By groups, to the private sector, according to the company's monitoring system, which unites the private health sector 52% are MRI machines (MRI), 50% lithotripsy (LIT), Y 43% were mammograms (MAMO). Conversely, most particle accelerators (75%) and photoemission tomographs (75%) are located in the public system. As for hemodynamics, positron emission tomography, CT and angiography rooms, six out of ten are in general hospitals.

Project Invet

In this situation, with the intention of both to refresh Like old and very outdated high tech equipment Zoom in The SNS Technology Park has been allocated by the government – with European funding allocated to the Invet project 796 million euros Between 2022 and 2023, to procure 847 publicly owned and managed high-tech equipment in publicly owned and managed centres.

Specifically, updated technologies: linear accelerators, computerized axial tomography (CT), magnetic resonance, gamma camera, hemodynamic equipment, vascular angiography, neuroangiography, positron emission tomography (PET), positron emission tomography (PET-CT) and digital brachytherapy equipment.

By autonomous communities, from most teams to least teams, the distribution is as follows: Community of Madrid (140), Andalusia (137), Catalonia (101), Valencian Community (78), Galicia (76), Canary Islands, Basque Country and Castilla y León (40 each), Castilla-La Mancha (34), Murcia (33), Aragon (28), Extremadura (22), Balearic Islands (21), Cantabria (19), Asturias (16), Navarra (13), La Rioja (8), Ministry of Defense (3) and Ingesa (2).

At the end of 2023, the previous Minister of Health, José Miñones, announced this Installation of over 800 pieces of equipment has already been completed The High Technology Investment Program (Invet) in hospitals across the NHS is more than 90% operational.

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Health technology is becoming obsolete

60% before implementation of Invet Project Fund of teams 10 years or older established in Spanish hospitals; 30% between 5 and 10 years and, Only 10%, less than 5 yearscontradicts International Referrals. He European Industry Group IT, Radiological and Electromedical (COCIR, its acronym in English) accounts for a maximum of 10% of the equipment available in each center over 10 years old.

The Spanish Federation of Health Technology Companies (FENIN) is in the process of updating the hospital's technical specification for 2021 after implementing the project. However, recently, they pointed out to the objective that the Invet project had been developed „satisfactorily”: „We believe that it has Continuity New phases and other technology families are equally important to keep up with this obsolescence.

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