Uruguay: health is no longer a commodity but a right


Dr. Susana Muniz, Minister of Health, Uruguay

The delegate of Uruguay to the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today that following the health reform process that took place in her country, health has stopped being a commodity and has become a right that the State must guarantee.

In her remarks, the delegate noted that 80% of Uruguayans have health insurance and that universal coverage also implies ensuring geographical and cultural access, as well as a package of services available to the entire population.

She also highlighted Uruguay’s health achievements, noting that the country is dengue-, cholera-, measles-, and tobacco-free and has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the region.

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