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Health in Argentina
 
Three sectors make up the healthcare system in Argentina: the public sector, funded by taxpayers money; the private sector, through the sales of the insurance products; and the social security sector, funded through obligatary insurance schemes. The nation's Ministry of Health and Social Action (MSAS) is responsible for all three healthcare subsectors while taking care of market regulation, evaluation and statistics collection.
Obras Sociales, Argentines workers unions' umbrella organizations, finances and manages the public sector. Each of the more than 300 Obras Sociales chapter is arranged specificaly to the beneficiaries occupations. However, great variations exist in terms of effectiveness and quality offered. As much as 73% of beneficiaries and 75% of resources are held by the top 30 chapters. As a result, a Solidarity Redistribution Fund (FSR) has been formed by MSAS to check the imbalance of the beneficiaries. Only employees in the formal sector are entitled to Obras Sociales coverage. Since the 2001 Argentina's economy crisis, the number of coverage has dropped slightly (as unemployment growed and more Argentines joined the informal sector). Latest number in 1999 revealed that some 8.9 million beneficiaries are covered by little and Obras Sociales.
 
Private sector
Argentina's private healthcare sector is especially not the for its diversification as well as small and disjointed networks of facilities; the market is made up of more than 200 organizations which provide coverage to approximately 2 million Argentines. In Argentina, there is no clear line between the private and public scheme, and make it a challenge to apportion the coverage amount that goes to the respective scheme. IRBC released a report back in 2000 suggesting foreign competition has come into the market in recent years. These are largely health care providers coming from Latin American countries, Swiss and American. Just as their local counterparts, they are subject to the country's regulatorary framework.
 
Public system
The public system caters for residents who are not covered under private insurance schemes or the Obras Sociales, and it encompasses emergency services as well. Findings from the same IRBC report pointed out that the national public system exposes serious structural shortcomings and inefficient management; decentralized administration at the provincial level: lack of flexibility in the staffing department and poor labor communication; ineffective incentive scheme; serious lack of information system to assist control and decision-making; insufficient budget for equipment and facilities maintenance; and a host of problems not typically associated with organizations its size.

Under the public system, the provisions of healthcare (sometimes even primary care) are delegated down from provincial level to local townships. The number of Argentines on the system has increased since 2001. Report in 2000 suggested that there are some 37.4% population had no insurance coverage, close to half were covered by Obras Sociales, 8.6% under private coverage, and 3.8% were covered by private scheme as well as Obras Sociales.

 
 
 
 
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