How Argentina’s Palliative Care Law Came to Fruition

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Courtesy of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC)

In Argentina, where it is estimated that less than 12 percent of those who require palliative care receive it, advocates planned a national palliative care bill as a strategy to improve access. Although not every country needs a law to ensure equitable access to palliative care, countries with fragile health systems with structural deficits, like Argentina, surely do.

Few national health policies prioritize palliative care, despite the World Health Organization’s recommendations and the fact that access to appropriate care services enhances human rights and responds better to community needs.

Argentinian legislators have tabled two initiatives to advance palliative care in the past 10 years. Some states passed laws, but few were put into practice.

Please find the article in its entirety here Special Report #2 – International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (

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