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Weekly Report - 28 February 2019 (WR-19-08)

BOLIVIA: Morales delivers on healthcare

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has promulgated a law establishing a unified healthcare system (SUS). First unveiled last year, the now-approved bill, which will take effect on 1 March, has been trumpeted by the ruling Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government as part of efforts to improve the quality of life of more than 5m Bolivians (out of a total population of 11.4m) who lack access to a public health service. While the new law has been hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO), doctors’ associations have rejected the changes and are threatening protests.

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