Therapists call for bold solutions for the healthcare system

Gijón (EFE).- The President of the Spanish Society of Therapists (SEMI), Jesús Díez Manglano, on Wednesday stressed the need to rethink the public health system, both at the level of primary and specialized care, in order to adapt it to the needs of the patient, the elderly and with greater morbidity, and that politicians make “bold” decisions to help improve them.

This was announced by Diez Manglano during the 43rd National Congress of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI), which takes place until Friday in Gijón with the participation of about 2,300 specialists.

The president of SEMI, a society of more than 7,000 therapists, said that Spain has a “very good” public health system that other countries are “envying” but said that it is currently “suffering” and is in a “complex stressful” situation.

“In our country, we have to rethink healthcare,” Dies Manglano said, recalling that the current public health system was developed in the 1980s and 1990s and needs to be rethought, “withdrawing from activities that do not benefit patients.” and adapting to the needs of an aging and diseased population.

The SEMI president referred to the mass demonstration that took place two weeks ago in Madrid in defense of public health, a protest in which, in his opinion, “the population said” that we should “rethink” health.

Politicians, administrators and courageous managers

“We need bold politicians, administrators and managers who have to make decisions that are sometimes difficult,” admitted Dies, who believed that they should make “bold” decisions, even if they may be unpopular, in order to adapt the healthcare organization to new conditions. the needs of the population.

As he explained, polypathologies are more common today, and people want to be treated “in the best possible way”, for which it is necessary to draw up a “treatment plan that adapts” as a “specific suit” to the sick.

This requires a single doctor to be able to “serve most of a person’s needs”, a figure that in primary care is the primary care physician and in the hospital the internist.

However, he pointed out that after the covid GPs as a group “drained” since 80% of patients admitted with covid during the pandemic were treated by GPs, chronic conditions that were not treated during the pandemic now need to be treated. affected by chronic covid.

For this reason, he found it necessary to increase the number of these specialists by 5-10% compared to the 9,000 he estimates are currently working.

Dies claims that covid-19 has taught that healthcare cannot be fragmented, but that “you have to be inclusive to give each person what they most need”, for this reason he is against the creation of new specialties and is committed to the creation of new areas knowledge. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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