The Healthcare System as a Collective Construction

A comprehensive reform of Argentina’s healthcare system requires a sequential strategy of incremental, medium-term changes designed by the state. Due to the mixed nature of the system, the reform must be a collective construction that is agreed upon by different political and sector-specific stakeholders, in a way that allows each of them to adapt and contribute to creating a more equitable, efficient model.

In Argentina, gaps in access between the different provinces and social groups sometimes mean that the health system’s use of available resources is inequitable and inefficient. Any change should consolidate the major achievements that the sector has made: broad coverage, solidarity among different social groups, and access to high-cost medication and treatment in all subsystems. There is a basic consensus in Argentinian society that is essential to progress in this area: the right to health is deemed a fundamental social right and a key instrument for training and maintaining human capital, despite inequalities in the capacity to finance it.

This public policies report is part of the document entitled “The Healthcare System as a Collective Construction: Discussion Notes.”

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