The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says achieving equitable access for all people to medicines and other health technologies is “the real health care revolution,” stating that health care can make quality care accessible and affordable in the Americas, including the Caribbean.
In addressing the World Economic Forum on Latin America in São Paulo, Brazil, Isabella Danel, PAHO’s deputy director, said if technological development in health care fails to translate into greater access to health services, inequality will continue to grow in the region.
“Guaranteeing access to health services is good for people and for economies,” she said, adding that “More healthy people means healthier economies, too.
Danel said innovations and new health technologies have improved health in the Americas dramatically over the last 30 years.
But the PAHO deputy director said, in the region, where 30 percent of the population does not have access to health care, the principal challenge is health inequality.