SUS enables free care for migrants living in Bolivia

The Ministry of Health and Sports has approved the registration of foreign nationals living in Bolivia with the Unified Health System (SUS). This service gives them access to free care in first, second and third level health centers across the country, SUS Deputy Minister for Health Insurance and Administration Alejandra Hidalgo reported yesterday.

“Tomorrow (Monday) the deployment (registration) in the La Paz department begins and will be for all these foreigners from September 6th to 11th. The Irpavi Health Center, the Bajo San Pedro Health Center, is activated. On 6th and 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on September 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., “he said.

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He added that the people who are eligible for the benefit are pregnant women and up to six months after giving birth, people in need of sexual and reproductive health care, children under five, over 60, and people with disabilities.

Foreigners who want to enroll in the SUS must present a photocopy of their identity card or passport or the birth certificate or, in the case of newborns, the live birth certificate.

IOM representative, Horacio Calle, highlighted Bolivia’s compliance with the Global Compact on Migration, which 150 countries signed in 2018. Health care for the foreign population is one of the 23 objectives of this document.

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“It is an example at the regional level of solidarity with foreigners.”

According to the schedule, registration will open on September 10th and 11th in Guayaramerín, Beni; in Desaguadero on the 13th and 14th in the Riberalta hospital and on the 15th and 16th in the Viedma hospital in the city of Cochabamba.

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