Curely’s Global Medicine series takes a look at medicine around the world. This month we’ve talked with Dr. Lucas Arriola and Dr. Pablo Slullitel to learn more about medicine in Argentina.
Dr. Arriola specializes in pediatrics. He graduated in medicine at the National University of Rosario with his post graduate degree in Intensive Care Unit at Buenos Aires University, both in Argentina. With his current role at Naval Pedro Mallo Hospital coordinating Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Dupuytren Institute as a pediatrician, Dr. Arriola also provides home care for patients with chronic diseases, cerebral palsy, and EPOC.
Dr. Arriola shared that in Argentina, the health care is divided into two sections — public and private. All citizens are guaranteed the right to public health care with no costs (in hospitals as well as clinics and other medical centers), but can also utilize private healthcare services through either income tax or pre-paid care services if they’d like for their care. There can be out-of-pocket expenses for consumers in Argentina for some services. Like many parts of the world, doctors in Argentina are often in demand — patients can sometimes wait for up to a month to get an appointment with specialists such as cardiologists or dermatologists.
Where Dr. Arriola feels Curely can help consumers in Argentina is by empowering doctors to give immediate response to questions, as well as giving patients the ability and access to choose health professionals. He also feels that Curely helps patients by providing information, because patients can obtain timely and affordable recommendations from nutritionists, pediatrics, general practitioners, and many other specialities. For doctors in Argentina, Curely enables you to connect with consumers from around the world.
We’ve also talked with Dr. Pablo Slullitel of Argentina to learn more about medicine in Argentina. Dr. Slullitel specializes in orthopedics. He graduated in medicine with honors at the National University of Rosario and is currently working as an Orthopedic surgeon at the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, the #1 orthopedic center in Argentina, and is a member both the Argentinean Association of Orthopedics and the Argentinean Association for the Study of the Hip and Knee. Dr. Slullitel has several publications in the field, and is fluent in three languages.
Dr. Slullitel shared that 70% of the country’s health institutions belong to the private sector, while almost half (40%) of all Argentineans do not have health insurance. It creates a large discrepancy between people in need and insurance.
Much of the country’s healthcare funding does not cover orthopedics, yet the speciality is one of the fastest growing and most in demand. Dr. Slullitel notes that the healthcare system in Argentina needs an immediate solution and should be a concern for every president in the country.
Dr. Slullitel feels that Curely can help put healthcare into patient’s hands in the country, helping to solve the delay in outpatient consultations that can often take up to a month’s wait for many of the specialities in the country, including orthopedics. Additionally, he believes Curely can be useful by giving valuable advice to people who do not know how to solve trivial or even more complex issues in his field.