Health Systems
and Services

The area of ​​Health Systems and Services addresses several aspects related to the development of Universal Health Systems, based on the recognition of Health as a right. In this sense, the Five-Year Plan of the South American Health Council listed several strategic objectives that refer to topics such as the establishment of monitoring mechanisms, human resources, asymmetries and inequities, among others.



Work Topics

– Human Resources                                      – Universal systems                                         – Asymmetries in Health






2018 Updated version of the book: “Sistemas de  Salud en Suramérica”


                                        Equador                                                Uruguai




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Colombia                                        Guiana                                                Paraguai



Peru                                       Suriname                                                 Venezuela



Félix Rigoli

Félix Rigoli

Félix Rigoli holds a PhD in Medicine from the University of the Republic of Uruguay, a Master’s Degree in Health Management at the University of Montreal, and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo. Since 2000 he has worked as a consultant for institutions such as PAHO/WHO, World Bank and Inter-American Bank of development. In addition, at the Ministry of Health of Uruguay, he was director of the country’s main health services complex and head of the Public Network of Primary Health Care in the City of Montevideo.



Universalizing health systems, integrating people in a solidary society, and integrating countries within a solidarity region: the challenges of a better life for all.

South America, despite being a region with wide inequalities, has managed to dream of giving access to health services for all. Until two decades ago, having health problems was a misfortune that led  between 5 and 15% of South American families to poverty.  Of course, not all were equally affected by these misfortunes, partly because better-off social […]


Consultative Council gathers to propose an agenda for 2019

The ISAGS Consultative Council met between April 11 and 12 at the Institute’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, to discuss and propose actions for the next year of work. Representatives from 8 UNASUR countries, including members of the ministries, technical groups and structuring networks of the South American Health Council, as well as ISAGS officials […]


Where is the welfare state today?

Recently, a roundtable held at Chatham House brought together several world leaders, including Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director of the United Nations Development Program until 2017. She pointed to a very important, but often forgotten fact. When asked if universal health systems were a luxury only rich countries could afford, […]


RINS will hold a Workshop on UNASUR?s national networks of laboratories in April

During the first formal meeting of the Advisory Board of South American Institute of Government in Health (Isags), which ended yesterday (03/08) and had as its participants, members of the five Networks and Technical Groups (GTs) of UNASUR-Health, the Executive Secretary of the Network of National Health Institutes (RINS), Féliz Rosemberg, spoke about the main […]


Stephen Hawking: Luta Inconclusa para salvar o NHS

A mediados de 2017, Hawking esteve envolvido em uma batalha para salvar o Sistema Nacional de Saúde britânico (NHS siglas em inglês), o corpo governamental responsável de fornecer o serviço médico gratuito aos cidadãos do Reino Unido.


Public and Private agents in the national health systems

The so-called Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) are increasingly common in many health systems and the trend may intensify as a result of the crisis. In some countries undergoing hefty fiscal adjustment, letting the private sector subcontract public services (not only health-related ones) has become a tool to balance public budgets. In this article, we acknowledge this […]