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Chile matches surgery ambition with $4bn

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Chile has budgeted Peso2,220bn (US$4.2bn) for primary care in 2007, up 13% on 2006. Among the plans announced by health minister Soledad Barria is the construction of 48 local medical centres (totalling 169), to provide an extra 18,000 minor operations per year, and the refurbishment of 35 hospitals. The primary care network will be expected to perform almost 120,000 mammograms (up by 40,000 on 2006) and 62,000 abdominal ultrasound scans (19,000 more). The AUGE "universal care" plan (see Clinica No 1214, p 13) is to be extended from 40 conditions to 56.

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