Argentina suspends non-emergency health benefits for pensionersBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7323.1206b (Published 24 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1206
- Sophie Arie
- Buenos Aires
Millions of elderly Argentinians who rely on social security for everything from lifesaving cancer treatment to hearing aids have been cut off overnight by a system that has run out of money after three years of crippling recession and decades of corrupt management.
“They've stopped sending a nurse to my home, and I haven't had my allowance for six weeks now,” said 62 year old Augustina Lanus from Buenos Aires. “They said they just haven't got the money. But I'm so worried. I need my medication. I don't know what I'm supposed to do.”
Argentina's health insurance system for pensioners (the Integral Programme for Medical Assistance) suspended all non-emergency benefits …