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Argentina: Public health budget and abortion access at risk after Milei elected president

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 23 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2771
  1. Luke Taylor
  1. Bogotá

The election of self-proclaimed anarcho-capitalist Javier Milei as president of Argentina on 19 November has raised questions over the future of South America’s second largest economy and one of the continent’s strongest healthcare systems.

Much of the discussion over Milei’s victory centred on the 53 year old’s eccentric personal life, which includes a stint as a frontman in a Rolling Stones tribute band, and his radical economic plans.

The libertarian hopes to adopt the American dollar, eliminate the central bank, and cut back state expenditure to mend the country’s economy.

At a rally in the city of La Plata the president-to-be wielded a chainsaw—a gesture symbolic of the deep cuts he hopes to make to the Argentine state.

“The changes our country needs are drastic. There is no room for gradualism,” he told jubilant crowds waving flags in Buenos Aires on the eve of his victory.

The economist is most recognised …

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