Chapter 14: Eva Perón and the Public Health System

In my last blog post I spoke briefly about our trip to the Evita Perón museum, as well as my trip to the public. As I mentioned previously, Eva Perón’s role as the first lady stretched far beyond that as her involvement improved the lives of many people those in need and women’s lives as they were given more rights. When we look at the public health system that I visited yesterday, and for that matter the public health system in general, its sole purpose is to serve the people for free, and keeps the well-being of the people in mind, especially those who are less fortunate and cannot access care otherwise. Yesterday, being that the public hospital I visited was an Infant and Maternity hospital, the purpose of the hospital was to serve mothers and their children. However, it was apparent that the majority of people using this hotel were not able to provide healthcare otherwise, and therefore they use the public health system. Keeping this in mind, we can see that Eva Perón was a symbol of hope that sought to better the quality of services that people were offered even if they could not afford it. One of the biggest examples that exemplifies Eva’s attempt to better this quality is that she used a mansion that her foundation inherited for a foster care system. At the time there was 2 other foster care systems available, but she sought to provide an experience in this beautiful home that a person normally would not experience elsewhere.

Eva Perón was a big believer in the improvement of humanity. Just like her, the hospital that we saw yesterday to do everything in their power, with the resources that they had available to them, to help the patients in need that came to their hospital. While this principle idea of improving quality was evident in the public hospital yesterday, I am confident saying that in the other public hospital visit the providers main goal was to make sure the patient gets the best and most effective care possible. Through our visits we have come to recognize a need of systems such as primary health that will improve the services and quality of services available to the people. This focus on decentralize should improve the care the patient is receiving. Knowing that change is necessary in order to provide the people with what they need, I think that Eva Perón would recognize this need for improvement and implement solutions to fix it. Although she died in her early 30’s from cancer, if she lived for longer her influence may have spread to the hospital systems, which may have made them different than the way they operate today.

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