Apr 10, 2022
In General Discussions
As the World Health Organization ( who ) itself has defined, health is much more than the mere absence of disease and is linked to a state of bio-psycho-social well-being4. Whether a person is more or less healthy depends, of course, on biological factors, but also on social and institutional ones. This is where the social context becomes highly relevant: the mobile phone number list conditions in which we live and relate to others undoubtedly affect our physical and mental health (the latter often less mentioned). And institutional factors interfere, among other issues, in the possibilities of accessing the health system when we need it. In this article I will focus on these two factors, the mobile phone number list social and the institutional, and their relationship with health inequalities in Latin America, also focusing on sexual and reproductive health. I will also point out some aspects that have been exacerbated in the last year as a result of the covid pandemic. How are health inequalities manifested? From an analytical approach, health inequalities are manifested through at least two ways: on the one hand, the difficulties experienced by a person in accessing health services and mobile phone number list supplies (drugs, vaccines and various technologies) when they need them ; on the other, inequality in health outcomes, that is, in the morbidity and mortality indicators presented by the population. The first aspect, access , is related to mobile phone number list institutional political factors that define the way health services are organized and delivered. Second, the resultsreached by the population, although they are affected by the conditions and characteristics of the health system, they are also strongly related to the so-called «social determinants». The health system When we talk about the health system, we refer to all the organizations, institutions and resources in a given country whose main objective is to improve the health of the population.