Health in the era of Milea: the spirit of privatization hovering over hospitals

Although health is the responsibility of the provinces, adjustment policies will have a strong impact on care and working conditions. As warned María Fernanda Boriotti, Head of the Trade Union Federation of Health Workers of the Argentine Republic (FESPROSA)”The reduction in the health budget is really serious, there are oncology treatment plans in this area, immunization plans that are nothing less than vaccines for our children, and so many guarantees for the population.

” According to the leader, “1,700 public hospitals in the country will be affected by this policy , there will be a decrease in resources and this will directly affect the responses that can be provided to the population.” Boriotti illustrated that “more than 60 percent of children are cared for by the public health system, accidents on public roads and epidemics are mostly fought by public health workers”.

He further added, “we have to take into account that in the territory it is the main tool in health matters, which is prevention”.

Although it has not been officially announced, the government will try to create one “universal health insurance that covers costs, preventive care, emergency procedures proportional to the payment capacity of the recipient of the service”. This is one an old World Bank recommendation launched by Mauricio Macri under the name Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“It is very disturbing to think that we are again moving to these policies that try to focus attention on different sectors, the most equipped sanatoriums, where they take care of prepaid patients, will not accept these ‘small meats’ that are confirmation of poverty. , which is starting to disarm hospitals and public health in general,” Boriotti emphasized. These systems also open the door to the privatization of services, which according to Ortiz of ATE-Hospitales is indeed happening in the city of Buenos Aires.

“The only thing that works well are private companies that charge millions in the health sector, that do surveillance, cooking, laundry, all million-dollar companies that also have their employees in catastrophic working conditions,” the nurse stressed the situation.

which contrasts with the lack of public investment. “In the winter there is no heating, in the summer there is no air conditioning, the buildings are very old, there is a lack of supplies, the operation is stopped for years, which causes people to die,” condemned Ortiz.

Back to the past

“Everything that can be in the hands of the private sector will be in its hands,” declared the president-elect, a new modern version of that Menemist decalogue that said “nothing that should be in the hands of the state will remain in the hands of the state.

” For the health sector, it condemns millions of people to neglect. “The stage is over the profound deterioration of people’s lives, the state’s ability to regulate and care for its people”and certainly a cycle of social conflict very similar to the one we have already experienced with Macri,” he said.

God, from IDEP-Health. This scenario, De Bello added, will affect people in vulnerable situations: “The insurance system only allows them access to the ‘hyper basic’ basket, minimal in terms of access to health, “They will be left without treatment, help and medicine

.” For this reason, they are already organizing rallies and meetings to discuss next steps, such as the National Front for the Health of People with HIV, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis, which has declared itself in a “state of alert.” “Although we have a lot of room for improvement in public health today, which we always fight for, such as better salaries, equipment and infrastructure, will be seriously damaged in this new scenario,” warned FESPROSA’s Boriotti. Like other entities, the union promised to “continue to fight for a state-guaranteed health system, free, accessible and quality”.

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