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There are gaps in the implementation of primary care in Latin America and the Caribbean

The former Minister of Health of Colombia, Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, considered it necessary to create synergy among the countries of the region to ensure that pharmaceutical companies establish lower prices for medicines for catastrophic illnesses

There are gaps in the implementation of primary care in Latin America and the Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO. - The primary care is part of the global policies de health, However, in all Latin America y Caribbean users consider that in their implementation there gaps and shortage a fixed doctor difficult communication with the doctor in the evenings nights and on weekends, the lack of coordination de atención, And the lack de information about healthy behaviors.

The data was offered by the doctor Ricardo Pérez Cuevas, health specialist y social protection of Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), who presented the investigation "From the patient: experiences of primary health care in Latin America and the Caribbean", carried out by the international organization in Mexico, ColombiaBrazil, Jamaica, El Salvador y Panama.

By participating in the first international seminar "Advances and challenges of social security in health: on the threshold of a new model of care", who organized the Observatory of the Social Security of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (OSES-INTEC), Pérez Cuevas highlighted that between 82 and 96% of users believed that their health systems needed fundamental changes.

"In Latin America, users consider to a lesser extent that their health system has primary care focused on the patient and that their doctor dedicates enough time to them," said Pérez Cuevas.


Likewise, Alejandro Gaviria Uribe, former Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, when imparting masterful talk "Health Experience in the Social Security System of Colombia", called the Latin American countries has to establish a pharmaceutical policy centralized that allows to have a control or regulation de Prices, so that high-cost medicines, which for example patients with catastrophic illnesses, are offered to affordable costs.

“As a society we must tell the pharmaceutical companies that they cannot charge us the highest price for a drug, but rather one corresponding to our level of development. I would not call it price regulation, but rather to avoid negative discrimination in drug prices in systems that, like yours and ours, are growing and trying to protect and include the entire population, ”Gaviria said.

He emphasized taking advantage of the development of generic drugs and making doctors see that these drugs also work.

During the event a panel and conference program with the participation of Eleonora Cavagnero, the World Bank; Ricardo Pérez Cuevas of BID y Andres Mejia, Dominican Association of Health Risk Administrators (ADARS), Maritza martinez, teacher of INTEC Health Sciences Area; Pedro Luis Castellanos, Superintendent of Health and Labor Risks; Gonzalo Cano, Health Services Provider, Jaime Caycedo, First ARS y Jefry Lizardo, from SENASA y Eladio Pérez, OSES coordinator.

The event, with which it was left inaugurated el Social Security Auditorium, was headed by the Director of INTEC, Rolando M. Guzmán and by the cabinet de Health, Rafael Sánchez Cardenas; and of Job, Winston Antonio Santos.

About the OSES

El Observatory of Social Security (OSES) was formed in June of last year by the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) next to the Fullness Foundation, ARS Palic, ARS Universal, First ARS, AFP Popular, AFP Sowing, National Health Insurance (SENASA) and that it has support from World Bank and Interamerican Development Bank. The agency aims to harvest y Systematization de information de high technical quality about him Social Security System, to promote its efficiency and development.

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