LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales announced on Tuesday that his plan for universal health insurance, which will be provided at no cost to beneficiaries, will get underway as of next year.
The decision was announced after Morales met with the heads of the National Coordination for Change, an association that gathers various socialist politicians and legislators, as well as an assortment of social organizations friendly to the Bolivian government.
The proposal calls for a debate on “structural matters,” such as an increased investment in healthcare – as the program will be financed with federal funds – and the resumption of provincial meetings aimed at “building a new healthcare system,” Morales said.
The president – who had raised the issue in January this year and ran on a platform of a universal health insurance in 2014 – said that the insurance will not be funded by worker contributions.
The proposal established that the program would be gradually implemented by 2020 in all Bolivian provinces, aiming to cover 70 percent of the population.