SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.13 issue4Mortality due to hypertensive diseases: evidence from the southern border of Mexico in the period 1998-2014Tensions and contradictions in government interventions for the promotion of breastfeeding author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




  • Have no cited articlesCited by SciELO

Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Salud colectiva

Print version ISSN 1669-2381On-line version ISSN 1851-8265


CHIARA, Magdalena; CROJETHOVIC, María  and  ARIOVICH, Ana. Health universalism in Argentina between 2003 and 2015: assessments and challenges based in a macro-institutional approach. Salud colect. [online]. 2017, vol.13, n.4, pp.663-676. ISSN 1669-2381.

Debates about universalism in health have been gaining ground in Latin America and have entered the policy agenda with differing results. Notwithstanding the country’s federalism, the most profound changes that took place in Argentina in the last decade occurred in the arena of national politics. Based on the theoretical contributions of historical neo-institutionalism and implementation studies, this paper aims to analyze, from a macro institutional approach, the scope of the national policy regarding health universalization. This descriptive study is based on secondary sources and the review of research results on the implementation of the programs Remediar, Sumar and Plan Nacer in relation to four variables: coverage, access, sets of benefits and rights included in the policy. Given the characteristics of the Argentine institutional matrix, program implementation in subnational scenarios can be expected to confront complex and heterogeneous terrain in which the programs acquire new meanings with respect to the goal of universality that each poses.

Keywords : Health Plan Implementation; Universal Access to Health Care Services; State Health Care Coverage; Decentralization; Federalism; Argentina.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )