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Auza stressed that the plurinational state guarantees free and universal healthcare for the people

La Paz, January 22, 2023 (ATB Digital).- While health was private and expensive in the republican era, the plurinational state has free and universal health guarantees, said Jason Auza, the minister of health, this Sunday.
“In the colonial republic, access to health was for those who had the money to pay for it, leaving the majority, the indigenous and the peasantry, trapped in poverty without the right to education or health,” he recalled. Achievements of the multinational state of Bolivia in its 14 years.
Auza recalled that with the old republican state, healthcare was private and specialized treatments such as cancer, transplants, kidney treatments and other medical care were inaccessible to most of Bolivia’s population.
Now, the plurinational state paved the way for the creation of the Unified Health System (SUS) that provides medical care to the population that does not have health insurance and today is working to strengthen universal health and fight effectively against the COVID pandemic. being.-19.
“Article 18 of the new political constitution, whose legitimacy has been paid with the blood of the Bolivian people, clearly mandates that all people have a right to health and that the state must guarantee it, we know that a long There is a way to go, but we have already started the implementation of universal and open integrated health system”, he assured.
In Bolivia, where 7.5 million people live in the informal economy and do not have health insurance, SUS allows them to access free health care.
“During the administration of President Luis Arce, the national government authorized the advance delivery of financial resources to the governors so that third-level hospitals can provide the care of specialist doctors and guarantee a list of free medicines for the population,” he said in a statement of support. Economic highlights for SUS.
According to official information, SUS has an exclusively state financing model with its three levels: the central government, the regime for care at the third level, and the municipalities at the first and second levels.
Its coverage covers 340 municipalities of nine departments, including 32 third level hospitals, 83 second level hospitals and 3,232 first level establishments.
According to health ministry statistics, by 2022 administration, about BS4,000 million was invested and 18,192,624 people were treated, including outpatient consultations, hospitalization, surgical operations, laboratory and imaging tests, medicines and diet in the hospital Are included.
Similarly, SUS expanded its services with free specialized medical treatment in oncological areas, starting nuclear medicine centers of El Alto and Santa Cruz, in addition to bone marrow, kidney and hemodialysis transplants throughout the national territory.
(ABI)

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