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Argentina suspends non-emergency health benefits for pensioners

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 24 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1206
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 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 …

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