Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
BELLO, Mariana and BECERRIL-MONTEKIO, Victor M. The health system of Argentina. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp.s96-s109. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800006.
This paper describes the health system of Argentina.This system has three sectors: public, social security and private.The public sector includes the national and provincial ministries as well as the network of public hospitals and primary health care units which provide care to the poor and uninsured population. This sector is financed with taxes and payments made by social security beneficiaries that use public health care facilities. The social security sector or Obras Sociales (OS) covers all workers of the formal economy and their families. Most OS operate through contracts with private providers and are financed with payroll contributions of employers and employees. Finally, the private sector includes all those private providers offering services to individuals, OS beneficiaries and all those with private health insurance.This sector also includes private insurance agencies called Prepaid Medicine Enterprises, financed mostly through premiums paid by families and/or employers.This paper also discusses some of the recent innovations implemented in Argentina, including the program Remediar.
Keywords : health system; social security; Argentina.