During the last 50 years, Spain built one of the most successful welfare systems in the world. Highly regarded by its citizens, the system offered top-quality health services, support for workers who had lost their jobs and free, compulsory education. Fast-forward to 2008 and the economic crisis. Suddenly there was a dramatic imbalance in the system. With unemployment levels around 26 percent, an aging population, greater demands on the pension system and severe banking issues, this successful model was put at risk.
For a number of years San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has found a way to offer services “from womb to tomb,” while addressing rising healthcare costs, surging social services demands, and an increasing prevalence of chronic disease. The burden is significant: The agency serves more than 750,000 people annually.
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