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Ecuador: "Healthcare a spending priority" says president-elect

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Ecuador's healthcare needs are a priority that will take precedence in forthcoming public spending budgets. So said president-elect Rafael Correa, following this week's socialist election victory, of the main plans for his four-year term. Healthcare development is a strong feature of the so-called "pink tide" of socialism that has swept Latin America - notably in Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Bolivia. Mr Correa, an economist, also spoke of promoting the creation of small businesses, and of the need to maintain economic stability, such as through retaining the dollar currency.

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