Health impact assessment in Spain

Elena Aldasoro, Carlos Artundo and Ana Rivadeneyra

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI:
Health impact assessment in Spain

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This chapter discusses the development of health impact assessment (HIA) in Spain. The Spanish state is currently made up of a central administration and seventeen highly decentralized regions or autonomous communities (ACs), with their own governments and parliaments. Health competences have been transferred to the ACs and their health departments hold primary responsibility for healthcare policy, planning, and regulation within their territory. Until very recently there was no statutory requirement for HIA in Spain. The situation is currently evolving in the context of a wider process of public health reforms launched by central and regional health administrations over the last few years. As part of the reforms, a new generation of public health laws is being introduced to support the modernization, reorganization, and strengthening of public health.

Keywords: HIA; public health; Spanish health policy; autonomous communities

Chapter.  2548 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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