The Transnationalization of the Health Care System in Argentina

  • Celia Iriart
Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)


That question well expresses popular perplexity at the scale of the Argentinian crisis at the end of 2001. Argentina, considered a model economy by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, pursued the prescribed policies of deregulation and opening its economy to participation by transnational capital in the privatization process. Argentina privatized, totally or partially, all state companies (oil, chemical, airline, merchant fleet, communications, water and electricity) and the management of pension funds, public health care services and the medical social security system. Yet after ten years of structural adjustment policies, Argentina’s economy collapsed, pulling down social institutions such as the health care system, education, and retirement funds.


Social Security Public Hospital Pension Fund Social Security System Union Leader 
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