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7. Health and Well-Being

Last update: 8 August 2023

The Ministry of Health is in charge of proposing and implementing government policy on health, pharmacy and assisted reproduction, health planning, prevention and care, including the management of data, technology and health professions and the National Drugs Plan, as well as exercising the powers of the General State Administration to guarantee citizens the right to health protection. This Ministry presides over the State Foundation for Health, Childhood and Social Welfare F.S.P., whose functions are the proposal and implementation of government policy on social cohesion and inclusion, family, child protection and care for dependent or disabled persons and equality, as well as the fight against all types of discrimination and the fight against gender violence. 

Youth policies are generally addressed in a cross-cutting manner from different departments, for example, the Youth Institute which promotes actions for the benefit of youth and which reports to the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030. In 2022 the Council of Ministers approved the Youth Strategy 2022-2030 (EJ2030), ein the design of which 31 agencies and 54 different entities have collaborated, to integrate, provide coherence, guide and provide joint meaning to the totality of sectoral youth policies of all Ministries, ensuring a comprehensive approach to the problems affecting youth. EJ2030 is aligned with the guidelines and recommendations of the European Youth Strategy 2021-2027 and includes action on issues related to integral health and quality of life (axis 4). The Autonomous Communities are responsible for legislative development and implementation in health and hygiene, health promotion, prevention and restoration; and hospital coordination in general, including Social Security.