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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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TOBAR, Federico. How do we heal the Argentine health care system?. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2002, vol.11, n.4, pp. 277-282. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892002000400018.

This article proposes a set of measures to reform the Argentine health care system and turn the country's current crisis into an opportunity for progressive, sustainable change. The proposal consists of a model for the intergovernmental division of health responsibilities. The national government would be responsible for strengthening its leadership role and for developing national insurance for low-prevalence high-cost diseases. With the provincial governments, the insurance role would be strengthened, with public health insurance making certain that there is universal coverage. Public hospitals would function as autonomous entities financed by social insurance, private insurance, and provincial public insurance. Municipalities would have an active role in disease prevention and health promotion, principally through primary care.

Keywords : sistemas de salud; Argentina; seguros de salud.

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