CUTS to healthcare in Spain were three times higher than the European average from 2009 to 2012.

In those year Spain reduced its healthcare spending by 1.9% a year, compared to a 0.6% average in the 35 countries examined in the OECD’s new Health at a Glance: Europe 2014 report.

Spain’s cuts were only exceeded by Greece, Luxembourg, Ireland, Croatia, Portugal and Cyprus.

However, Spain’s health spending level of 9.3% of GDP remains above the European average of 8.7%.