Rubinstein: “There is a strong adjustment in health, disguised with this parody of Cristina Kirchner”

The former Minister of Health of the Nation, Adolfo Rubinstein, will be in Tandil this Thursday, to offer a talk on “The Pending Subjects for a Comprehensive Health Reform in Argentina”, accompanied by the Vice President of the SISP, Luciano Grasso. He will be in the Business Chamber, from 19 hours.

This Wednesday, the family doctor spoke on 89.1 FM and Radio de la Sierra, prior to his arrival in the city, and referred to “the consequences of the two years we have lived with the pandemic, and that it was the visibility of the importance of the health system as a social policy. He made the whole of society recognize, on the one hand, the resilience of the system; and on the other hand, the enormous weaknesses and limitations that it has”.

He considered key that “health issues begin to be recognized by the people” and called for “solving many pending issues that the health reform has and that are not addressed, such as the crisis of social works, the public hospital, the private sector, very high-priced medicines, which, if they are not regulated in some way, are going to make health systems unsustainable in the future. This is achieved with a comprehensive policy and seeking the greatest possible political consensus”.

According to the former Macrista official, the current government is making “a deep budget cut, a strong adjustment in health, which is being disguised with this parody of Cristina Kirchner.”

He also stated that “there is a private sector that is truly ‘on the canvas’. This has been aggravated by the pandemic and continues to aggravate. Today, private providers provide medical care to two thirds of Argentines, which is why it is a sector that must be attended to urgently”.

He considered that during the pandemic, “the health system handled it quite well”, but questioned that “where there were profound mistakes, it was in the measures that were taken, for example, the eternal quarantine, the closure of schools and so many others that They did not prevent not only the health tragedy that we are experiencing, but also the economic collapse and the terrible social impact it had.”

“This had consequences on health, the economy, education, which generated a huge emotional impact and affected the mental health of Argentines. Mental health services became more inaccessible, emotional health crises were ignored and mainly affected children and adolescents, and also older adults, due to loneliness. And only now are we beginning to see the consequences,” he assessed.

Likewise, he believed that “it is very important that public-private networks be integrated at the local level, to address the different health problems with the best strengths. The pandemic in that was a very important lesson.”

And finally, he pointed to the need for “a profound reform in the union social work system. There are currently some 290 union social works, of which more than two thirds have less than 30,000 beneficiaries, which is the minimum number necessary to maintain more or less stable funds to provide medical benefits. That is to say that more than two thirds of union social works are unviable from the point of view of benefits and finances, and they survive because they are union funds, because they are heavily subsidized”.

“Social works must be profoundly reformed, the same as PAMI. But you have to do it, obviously, with consensus and speak clearly, ”he closed.

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Rubinstein: “There is a strong adjustment in health, disguised with this parody of Cristina Kirchner”