Journal article

Inequalities in the Age of Universal Health Coverage: Young Chileans with Diabetes Negotiating for Their Right to Health

Marcela Gonzalez-Aguero, Richard Chenhall, Prabhathi Basnayake, Cathy Vaughan

Medical Anthropology Quarterly: international journal for the cultural and social analysis of health | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

While universal health coverage (UHC) has been praised as a powerful means to reduce inequalities and improve access to health globally, little has been said about how patients experience and understand its implementation locally. In this article, we explore the experiences of young Chileans with type 1 diabetes when seeking care in Santiago, within Chile's UHC program, which sought to improve people's access to health care. We argue that the implementation of UHC, within a structurally fragmented health system, did not lead to the promised equitable health care delivery. Although UHC aimed to equitably provide universal care, locally it materialized in heterogeneous configurations forcing i..

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