18 Apr, 2014 @ 14:31
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The Spanish healthcare lottery

FOR a woman to die of cancer while only in her 50s is sad enough.

But when that woman was a caring and sympathetic nurse, whose life centered around caring for people, her mistreatment at the hands of the Spanish healthcare system is truly a tragedy.

Carol Pickard, and her husband Iain Renfrew – a radiographer for 20 years – have both done so much to help others in their time of need.

That Carol’s grieving husband Iain has now been almost bankrupted by his insurance company Mapfre’s refusal to pay up for her final treatment is heartbreaking.

Surely she deserved something to alleviate the pain she felt in her final days?

Ten years ago, Spain’s healthcare system was said to be one of the best in the world, but constant budget cuts have turned it into a life lottery, making cases like Carol’s sadly far too common.

Tom Powell

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