A chemist dispatches medicine beside state healthcare prescriptions at a pharmacy in Madrid

 
A chemist dispatches medicine beside state healthcare prescriptions at a pharmacy in Madrid
A chemist dispatches medicine beside state healthcare prescriptions at a pharmacy in Madrid April 18, 2012. Spain's government met regional officials on Wednesday to agree ways to cut state healthcare, an attack on a treasured welfare system that will fuel anger among a population weary of EU-enforced austerity to tackle a ballooning deficit. The conservative government has warned Spaniards they would have to start paying more for prescriptions, part of the welfare system that has provided state-financed health and education since the country's transition to democracy began in the 1970s. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH POLITICS SOCIETY)