NEXT year's government funding for the Balearic Health Service (Ib-Salut) is just under 39 million euros, a drop of 4.9 percent in comparison with 2008.

Ibiza bears the brunt of the cut with nearly 35 percent less than it had this year. On Majorca where the budget is nearly 11 million euros excluding Palma, the Health Service will have to make do with over a quarter less than it had in 2009. In Palma, the allocation for 2010 of 18.72 million euros is 14.5 percent less than its budget for 2009. However, also in Palma, there has been a significant rise in the amount of funds set aside for specialised healthcare, burgeoning from 1.6 million this year to 12.7 million in 2010. Some 4.5 million will be allocated to new building in Palma, compared to only 720'000 provided in 2009. Minorca too will benefit, with the Health Service budget rising from 5.6 million this year to 6.3 million in 2010.


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