A new computer system is being developed to ensure that pensioners pay no more than they have to for medication.
Central government recently introduced new rules, in an attempt to reduce the burgeoning cost of the health service, which means pensioners have to contribute to the cost of their medication.
The new legislation dictates that pensioners will pay up to 10 per cent of the cost of their prescriptions, with a cap of between eight and 18 euros, depending on income.
Canary Islands’ Minister of Health, Bridget Mendoza, said the new software application should ensure the elderly pay no more than is necessary and avoid the difficult process of refunding monies later.
According to Mendoza, across the islands there are more than 166,000 patients over 65 who are prescribed more than six different medications a day, adding that it is important to ensure they continue with their treatment and not try to cut back because of cost.