Brazil pioneers approaches that cut costs and improve treatment. But not all patients have access to treatments and cures, as delays in approvals result in patients waiting far too long for access. Reducing unnecessary delays and costs can help combat rising rates of non-communicable diseases.
Southern Cone countries invest relatively highly in health care, and patients are seeing the results. But countries are missing opportunities to improve health coverage, lower costs and make new medicines available quickly.
Mexico’s health care system provides better access to treatments than any other major Latin American economy, but more investment is urgently needed. Collaborations between innovators and grassroots organizations are critical to combatting rising rates of non-communicable diseases and improving overall health.
The Andean states are investing heavily in health care, but high duties add costs to imported medicines and vaccines for patients. The Andean states must look to successful partnerships to improve health outcomes and expand access to innovative medicines.
Central American countries are investing in healthcare, but high rates of communicable and non-communicable conditions are taxing the system. Countries in the region must look to forge partnerships that improve health outcomes and cut costs to expand access to innovative medicines.
Latin American patients want health care choices, fast access to new treatments, freedom from high medicine taxes, innovative breakthroughs and efficient and effective health systems.