Organizations denounce that Paraguay is one of the “most expensive” countries to get sick

Organizations denounce that Paraguay is one of the “most expensive” countries to get sick
Organizations denounce that Paraguay is one of the “most expensive” countries to get sick

Asuncion, Jul 3 (EFE).- Social organizations warned Wednesday that Paraguay is one of the “most expensive” countries to get sick and denounced that for every ten dollars spent annually on health care, four come out of families’ pockets because the State does not guarantee the availability of medicines, supplies and human resources.

“Paraguay is one of the countries with the highest out-of-pocket spending on health issues. Of every ten dollars spent on health in the country, four come from people’s pockets,” said researcher Hugo Valiente, from the Coordinator of Human Rights of Paraguay (Codehupy), who stressed that “many of these resources” are obtained through debt.

Valiente said at a press conference that the main problem of the Paraguayan health system is “low public investment,” which should be 6% of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

These findings are contained in the report ‘The health debt’ in Paraguay, prepared by Amnesty International, which will be presented at a public hearing convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for July 8, announced the executive secretary of Codehupy, Dante Leguizamón.

The document details, for example, that “Paraguay is among the countries that spend the least on health per person and as a percentage of GDP,” with close to 4% in 2021, the report adds.

In addition, it proposes that 30% of public investment be allocated to primary care in order to implement a preventive health policy.

“Based on the data we have, we can say that Paraguay is one of the most expensive countries in which to get sick,” said Julia Cabello of Amnesty International.

Cabello explained that to reach this conclusion, Paraguay was compared with other countries with similar incomes such as Egypt, Indonesia, Ecuador, Jordan, Guyana, Bolivia, Jamaica, Brazil and South Africa.

He also revealed that most of the family spending is concentrated on the purchase of medicines and supplies.

The organizations also claimed that the State was failing to assist indigenous communities.

In this regard, Victoria Peralta, from the Latin American Association of Social Medicine, described as “shameful” the indicators that show that in 2023 nearly 70 women died due to lack of assistance in childbirth, due to hemorrhages or preeclampsia, situations that she considered “absolutely avoidable.”

Activists warned that 70% of the population in Paraguay receives care from the public health system, as they do not have any type of medical insurance.

 
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