7 days in healthcare (October 9th-15th, 2023)


From the point of view of Biomedicine, after years of research, scientists have published an atlas of the brain, the most unknown organ and whose knowledge will allow great advances in biomedicine. This week 21 articles have appeared about the brain and its cells. The work is done under the BRAIN Initiative Census Network project. The objectives of this effort were three: first, to understand the cellular components of the brain; second, to know which cells are affected in neurological and psychiatric diseases; and, third, what makes the brain of Homo sapiens different from that of other animals. The brain is the most complex object in the universe and contains around 3,000 types of cells. Until recently it was believed that the human body, including the brain, had only 300 types of cells. Artificial intelligence, new therapeutic vaccines, xenotransplantations and quantum computing, in the focus of monitoring progress in medical sciences.

Regarding Global Health, The Lancet asks in several articles the impact on health of a world with a shortage of work, since until now a job in good conditions was considered important for health. The malaria community welcomes the WHO approval of the new vaccine. Malaria kills half a million children a year, mainly under five years old. This decision is expected to improve access to doses of the vaccine, especially in Africa. 28 African countries are going to introduce this vaccine as part of their immunization program.

Regarding International Health Policy, in the United States pharmaceutical companies agree to negotiate the price of medicines with Medicare, despite the fact that some maintain lawsuits against the American government. In the European Union, the shortage of amoxicillin, a widely used antibiotic, persists. There is also in the EU an increase in deaths due to mental disorders.

If we talk about National Health Policy (Spain), the government puts out to public consultation the draft Royal Decree for the evaluation of health technologies which, among other things, rethinks the economic evaluation of medicines, incorporating the participation of professionals and patients and attempting predictability and transparency in decision-making times.

In the field of Companies, at the international level, it is worth highlighting that the global cannabis market will reach 100 billion in 2030. At the national level, Sanitas is launching an educational experience, which is an example of the importance they give healthcare companies to the issue of training, aware that attracting and retaining talent will be the most important competitive advantage.


Global Health

International health policy

National health policy




7 days in healthcare (May 8th-14th, 2023(




From the point of view of Biomedicine, it is worth pointing out the expanded “pan-genomic” base, which significantly increases the letters of the DNA, which, apparently, will make it possible to improve the typing and treatment of certain diseases. Promising results of mRNA technology in pancreatic cancer. Potential of stool transplants against some bacteria not sensitive to antibiotics.

As far as Global Health is concerned, although covid is no longer a global emergency, the truth is that, as the WHO itself shows, the disease continues to kill and change.

Regarding International Health Policy, it is worth highlighting the great news coming from the British government, which will allow pharmacies to prescribe certain medications, as well as the contraceptive pill. The objective of the measure is to significantly reduce the number of visits to the primary doctor. In France, patients, faced with overloaded doctors, turn to self-medication. Euthanasia is already legal in Portugal. Great battle in Chile between the Boric government and the Isapres (Chilean health insurers). In a bill, the government, in order to respond to an erga omnes ruling (of universal application) of the Courts, proposes the payment by insurers of alleged amounts for overpayments, which would make the model unfeasible. The Association of Isapres has reacted with a harsh note, answered no less harshly by government spokesmen. Health and specifically the role of the Isapres, at the center of the political debate in Chile.

If we talk about National Health Policy (Spain), the most important news is the proposals by various medical associations (IMAS Foundation, FACME, General Council of Medical Associations) for a decalogue of proposals to reform the SNS, which they consider in total crisis, before the next legislature. New governance; new management model; citizen/patient and professional participation; measurement of results and transparency; new care model; digital transformation according to the citizen’s digital clinical history model, are some of the most important measures. We only have to congratulate those responsible for this initiative, which contrasts so much with the limited and timid proposals put forward by the majority political parties. To those parties (PSOE and PP) the proposals were raised in a meeting. The only possible consideration is whether a reform of the public system is possible without mentioning a limited and selective co-payment, the absence of which we are the exception in Europe, as well as the non-consideration of the private sector in that reform. Looking the other way from the private sector has never produced good results. On the other hand, the document emphasizes its proposal for changes in the management and care model, governance, the participation of citizens/patients and professionals, and transparency. But he doesn’t mention financing at all. Although financing as an isolated reform (which is very common to consider) would not solve much, this issue has specific problems. Having made these qualifications, as a whole it is a splendid document, a must-read. The Constitutional Court publishes the ruling declaring the 2010 law on abortion deadlines legal. A study in Catalonia shows that the rich wait less on the lists of Catalan public hospitals than the rest of the population, something that had already been demonstrated in the UK on the NHS. The CEOE-union agreement includes the control of sick leave by Mutual Societies, something whose real scope will have to wait to see its effects. The truth is that absenteeism had increased a lot in recent times.

In the field of Companies, at the international level, drugs for weight loss point to an area of great economic interest for the pharmaceutical industry. In Spain, the most striking thing is Fresenius’s intention to get rid of the part of Quirón in Latin America, as well as the fertility company Eugin. Mutua Madrileña and El Corte Inglés launch medical insurance under the Adeslas brand.


Global Health

International Health Policy

  • Chili
    • The Boric government against the Isapres (private health insurance companies in Chile). In a bill, the government, in order to respond to an erga omnes ruling (of universal application) of the Courts, proposes the payment by insurers of alleged amounts for overpayments, which would make the model unfeasible. Hard note from the Association of Isapres, which has obtained a no less harsh response from the Government. (

National health policy




7 days in healthcare (October, 3rd-9th, 2022)



From the point of view of biomedicine, to review the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, won by Svante Pääbo, a scientist who is recognized for his studies on the DNA of human ancestors, which allows us to better understand genetic evolution towards the “homo sapiens”. It seems that a study with Artificial Intelligence of the eye will help predict coronary risk in minutes, without the need for blood tests or other studies.

As far as Global Health is concerned, it is believed that malaria could be definitively eradicated from the world, with the help of new vaccines.

As for international health policy, alerts in Europe about avian flu and diphtheria, brought by immigrants from Africa and Asia. To highlight the changes in Portugal, which incorporate an independent team to the management of the SNS.

If we talk about national health policy (Spain), the rise in covid cases prevents the Interterritorial Council from approving the abolition of masks on public transport. The health items in the General State Budgets are analyzed with a magnifying glass in the professional press, despite the low weight of the expenses of the Central Administration in the total health expenses. However, it allows to detect some priorities for the Ministry, although the economic items are usually below the challenges: primary care, genomic portfolio, mental health, dental care, primary care infrastructure, etc. The CEOE charges against the Equity Law, which it describes as “unprecedented risk”. The debates and controversies continue in relation to the delays in the incorporation of pharmaceutical innovation in Spain. However, these debates do not usually consider that the approval by the EMA of a medicine does not mean automatic public financing in Spain, according to article 92 of the Law on Guarantees and rational use of medicines, which establishes the “financing selective and not indiscriminate” according to a series of criteria, which are established. AESEG and BIOSIM no longer agree with the plan approved a couple of years ago on generics and biosimilars, but want the new approaches to be included in the Guarantees Law.

In the field of companies, in the international arena, BioNTech signs an agreement with Australia, for the establishment of research centers in that country. As for national news, the growing weight of online pharmacy (prescription drugs excluded by law). HM reinforces itself in Andalusia, incorporating four hospitals in Malaga into its network.


Global Health

International health policy

National health policy

  • General State Budgets (impact on health)



7 days in healthcare (30th May-5th June, 2022)



From the point of view of biomedicine, to highlight the Science article, showing that the brain and the immune system are interconnected. Monkeypox is transmitted by direct contact, therefore “ring vaccination” is indicated, only to contacts of an infected person.

As far as Global Health is concerned, the universal coverage approach in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, should be highlighted. It is seen that universal coverage is no longer just something of Europe or the industrialized countries.

As for international health policy, the frequent shootings in American schools are covered by medical journals (The Lancet, British Medical Journal), as it is also a health problem. Something perfectly avoidable.

If we talk about national health policy (Spain), it should be mentioned that private health offers to collaborate with public health in addressing the problem of waiting lists.

In the field of companies, Takeda’s statements are surprising, saying that pharmaceutical companies will be able to lower prices in the face of a global crisis. The acquisition of the HIPRA vaccine by Brussels is advancing.


Global health

International health policy

  • Monkeypox

o 21 Americans affected by monkeypox, according to the CDC (

o New York Times editorial: To fight monkeypox we have to learn the lessons of covid and HIV ( hiv.html)

o Concern in Europe that massive summer parties spread monkeypox (

  • COVID-19

o Covid cases on the rise in the Americas: North and Central America) (

o Does the world need new covid vaccines? (

o Doubts about whether the arrival BA.4 and BA.5 of the omicron will mean a new wave of covid in France ( -l-arrivee-de-ba-4-et-ba-5-en-france-va-t-elle-entrainer-une-nouvelle-vague-de-contaminations_6128892_3244.html)

o The subvariant of the BA.5 omicron is a cause of concern in Portugal ( -restless_6128944_3244.html)

o The zero-covid policy in China is unfeasible in the long run, the only question is when it will abandon it to “live with covid”. Article in Science magazine (

  • Other themes

o The frequent shootings in American schools, also as a health problem, treated in medical journals. The Lancet:; British Medical Journal:

o The black market of antivirals for covid (

o Shortage of doctors in Italy (

o Medical abortion and telemedicine in a post-Roe v Wade phase (

o The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in the USA plans to advance Value Based Healthcare (

National health policy

  • Monkeypox

o Spain reaches 132 positives for monkeypox (


o The incidence of covid in people over 60 years of age falls 45 points again ( .html)

  • Regulatory announcements

o The Order to allocate 217 places to non-EU citizens was published in the Official Bulletin (BOE) (

  • Other themes

o Private healthcare offers to reduce surgical waiting lists by 30%, according to ASPE ( offered-to-reduce-the-surgical-waiting-list-by-30.html)

o Aragon extends dental care up to 14 years of age (


  • International News

o GSK is going to buy the Affinivax biotech group for 3.0 billion dollars (

o BMS about to acquire drugmaker Turning Point for $4.1 billion (

o Takeda says that pharmaceutical companies could lower prices in the face of a global crisis (

o The company that manufactures the monkeypox vaccine has the capacity to produce 30 million doses ( -millions/676432695_0.html)

  • National News

o Brussels finalizes the acquisition of the HIPRA vaccine for covid ( -Hipra-for-the-Covid.html)

o HM acquires the Los Nogales Pontones center to build a new hospital ( hospital.html)

o Vithas recovers from the covid downturn and grows 19% in 2021 ( -Jan-19-2021.html)

o Grupo HLA targets 500 million revenues in 2022 (

o The contracting of medical insurance skyrockets in Cantabria and Catalonia in 2021. At the national level, 24% of the population has private medical insurance, although low cost ones are included (only consultations and tests) (https://www.

o The laboratories devastate the funds in their bid for Lacer (

o Vithas has an agenda to achieve the 2030 goals ( -phonebook-2030-9828)

o DKV presents the 2021 corporate report and the Imagina 2025 Strategic Plan (