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Jujuy appeals to the Argentine Foreign Ministry for Bolivia to return money to patient

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie and Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales held a meeting yesterday to address various border issues.

According to Clarín, the governor of Jujuy asked Faurie to manage before the government of President Evo Morales the return of all the money that Manuel Vilca paid for the medical care he received in Cochabamba after suffering an accident in Oruro.

This Argentine citizen reported that he had to pay 22,000 Bolivians in a public hospital in Oruro.

The Argentine newspaper also notes that both authorities in the neighboring country expressed “concern about the new Bolivian law on Public Health”, referring to the draft law on the single Health System (SUS) that is under analysis in the Plurinational Legislative Assembly.

The meeting between Gerardo Morales and Jorge Faurie occurred after the Legislature of Jujuy approved the creation of the Provincial System of Health Insurance for Foreign nationals, which allows the charge for care in public hospitals to people from other countries who are temporarily in the argentine province.

On February 22, a bilateral meeting is scheduled between diplomatic representatives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra to discuss the bilateral project of reciprocity in health issues.

Its surface has a totally mountainous relief. Most of its extension is occupied by the Puna, an altiplano of an average of 3,800 m that continues in the neighbouring countries; the altiplano is sparsely populated, and only a few isolated settlements with subsistence economy or mining deposits stand out in an extremely arid environment, with great daily thermal contrasts, sparse vegetation, almost non-existent river flows, extinct volcanoes and salt flats.

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