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Salud Colectiva

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Abstract

ASE, Ivan  and  BURIJOVICH, Jacinta. The Primary Health Care strategy: progressiveness or retrogressiveness in the health rights?. Salud Colectiva [online]. 2009, vol.5, n.1, pp. 27-47. ISSN 1851-8265.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1851-82652009000100003.

Over the past thirty years, the Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy became the policy with the highest level of consensus at the international level in order to guarantee the right to health. However, its implementation has been fraught with difficulties, among which stands out the different meanings that the strategy was acquiring over time, to the point of losing its original one. At present, the approach of rights in the field of public policies, based on the international standard on social rights, seeks to recover the initial commitment of the PHC with securing the right to health. In this paper, we will discuss the tensions between PHC and the right to health from the study of recent sanitary legislation drafted in the province of Cordoba (Argentina), noting its retrogressive nature. Finally, we will point out the institutional capabilities that the state must necessarily develop in order to implement a PHC policy focused on rights.

Keywords : Primary Health Care; Health Rights; Legislation, Health; Argentina.

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