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A top Spanish health charity has warned that Prime Minister Marino Rajoy’s cuts to the healthcare sector are blocking hundreds of thousands of people from accessing medical treatments. "The impact we have seen in the year since the reform is simply devastating," said charity President Alvaro Gonzalez, adding, "The cuts to healthcare are especially harming those most affected by the recession: immigrants, people looking after those with special needs, families on low incomes and pensioners."According to official figures, 873,000 people have lost access to free public healthcare since September 2012, when the government imposed the massive cuts to the healthcare sector.The government reforms also included forcing chronically-ill patients to pay for medication dispensed at hospital."This has meant that 16 percent of the pensioners in our country are being cast out of the healthcare system because they cannot meet the cost of paying for medicine for their chronic illnesses," Gonzalez said.