The Physician Politician
A cardiologist by training, Dr. Alfredo Palacio served as president of the Republic of Ecuador from April 2005 to January 2007. Prior to becoming President, he served as Vice President for over two years. Since that time, President Palacio has led efforts to initiate political change and economic and social development. He has been an advocate for health care reform and universal insurance of all Ecuadorians. A former Minister of Health, President Palacio is credited with initiating the modernization of health care in Ecuador, minimizing the decentralization of local health systems, as well as promoting the emergency medical system, pre-hospital care, safe water systems, the enrichment of foods for public consumption and a comprehensive training program for physicians. He has received numerous awards for his public health contributions and is the author of Health, Everyone's Right.
President Palacio addresses public health in Latin America at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Watch (01:12:28)
For more information about Dr. Alfredo Palacio and his foundation, please visit: http://dralfredopalacio.org/ or http://www.alfredo-palacio-foundation.org/index.php?en
For more information about Dr. Palacio's book Health, Everyone's Right, please visit: http://www.bubok.es/libros/189608/SALUD-el-derecho-de-todos
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