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NAVARRO, Vicenç  and  QUIROGA, Águeda. Welfare State policies for equity. Gac Sanit [online]. 2004, vol.18, suppl.1, pp.147-157. ISSN 0213-9111.

This article analyzes the evolution of public social expenditure in Spain from 1991 to 2000. It includes the analysis of the total public social expenditure as well as four of its components: sickness/health care, invalidity/old age, survivors, family/children. Expenditure is analyzed as a percentage of the GNP, and expenditure per capita in purchasing power units. This article shows that there has been an increase since 1993 in the deficit of the public expenditure on social protection in Spain representing a divergence from the average expenditure in the UE. The article also analyzes the development of care services (child care and services for dependent elderly), due their impact on gender inequalities.

Keywords : Social policy; Public expenditure; Welfare State services and transfers.

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