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Argentina

Argentine or Argentinian Health Stats

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Argentina is described as having a deficient healthcare system which was aggravated by the recent economic crisis. There are several factors that explain the acute effects of the crisis on the health sector. These are the deterioration in the financing of different subsystems (private and public healthcare programs); rise in the cost of imported medications and bio-medical inputs as a result of currency devaluation; increase in the need for public hospital services; higher epidemiological risks; and, emotional instability due to the inability to deal with the new economic status and political situation.

Many could not afford medical care after the economic crash, leading to further health declines in many impoverished communities. Results from the 2002 Permanent Household Survey found that 57 percent of households from the poorer quintile of the population admit to a decrease of frequency in which they take their children in for medical visits. In addition, the Argentina Ministry of Health estimated that in 2001, 30 percent of the infant population did not have access to vaccinations. The deterioration of preventative health care on top of weakened national and provincial basic health programs is expected to lead to increased morbidity and mortality among the population—drastically escalating epidemiological risks.

Changes in the mental and emotional status of individuals are being observed, with a higher percentage of surveyed households reporting that they feel discouraged or without hope for the future. Mental illnesses are already recording exponential growth in the number of emergency consultations, while suicide appears to be increasing among adolescents. This leads to another highly problematic, yet very popular, coping strategy—the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Survey results showed major increases in alcohol consumption among men, women, adolescents, and adults in recent decades.

Definitions

  • Adolescent fertility rate > Births per 1,000 women ages 15-19: Adolescent fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15-19.
  • Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people: Crude birth rate indicates the number of live births occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the population growth rate in the absence of migration.
  • Births and maternity > All births of boys: Live births by sex and urban/rural residence.
  • Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth: Average age of mother at first childbirth.
  • Births and maternity > Crude birth rate: Country's crude birth rate. The crude birth rate is the number of live births for every 1,000 people.
  • Births and maternity > Future births: Mid-range estimate for country's population increase due to births from five years prior to the given year. For example, from 2095 to 2100, India's population is expected to rise by 16,181 people due to births. Estimates are from the UN Population Division.
  • Births and maternity > Infant mortality rate: How many infants, out of 1000, who will die before attaining one year of age.
  • Births and maternity > Maternal death rate: Number of mothers who died giving birth, out of 100,000 births.
  • Births and maternity > Maternity leave > Weeks of leave given: Maternity leave benefits.
  • Births and maternity > Number of births: Total number of live births. A live birth refers to a birth after which the baby shows signs of life, however, if the baby dies after showing signs of life, it is still considered a live birth.
  • Births and maternity > Number of births per thousand people: Total number of live births. Figures expressed per thousand people for the same year.
  • Births and maternity > Teenage birth rate: Percentage of females aged 15-19 who give birth, out of all females the same age in the country.
  • Births and maternity > Total fertility rate: Total fertility rate.
  • Death rates > Children under 5: Under-five mortality rate is the probability per 1,000 that a newborn baby will die before reaching age five, if subject to current age-specific mortality rates."
  • Death rates > Men: Adult mortality rate is the probability of dying between the ages of 15 and 60--that is, the probability of a 15-year-old dying before reaching age 60, if subject to current age-specific mortality rates between those ages."
  • Deaths > Deaths of infants: An infant death is the death from any cause of a live-born child under one year of age.
  • Deaths > Percent deaths registered: Civil registration coverage of deaths (%).
  • Diseases > Cancer > Cancer death rate (per 100,000 population): The number of people that will die from cancer out of 100,000 people the same age. The number is not an accurate telling of the country's cancer rate, but rather how fatal cancer is in each country.
  • Diseases > Incidence of tuberculosis > Per 100,000 people: Incidence of tuberculosis (per 100,000 people). Incidence of tuberculosis is the estimated number of new pulmonary, smear positive, and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis cases. Incidence includes patients with HIV.
  • Diseases > Overweight > Average Body Mass Index (BMI): Countries compared by average BMI (combining male and female population), according to data gathered by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The BMI (Body Mass Index) measures how appropiate is the weight of an individual compared to their height. The calculation is made measuring your weight in kilograms and dividing it twice by your height measured in metres. A high BMI (25 or more) is usually associated with a risk of suffering diverse health problems.
  • Expenditure per capita > Current US$: Total health expenditure is the sum of public and private health expenditures as a ratio of total population. It covers the provision of health services (preventive and curative), family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health but does not include provision of water and sanitation. Data are in current U.S. dollars.
  • Fertility rate > Total > Births per woman: Total fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with current age-specific fertility rates.
  • HIV AIDS > Adult prevalence rate: An estimate of the percentage of adults (aged 15-49) living with HIV/AIDS. The adult prevalence rate is calculated by dividing the estimated number of adults living with HIV/AIDS at yearend by the total adult population at yearend.
  • HIV AIDS > Deaths: An estimate of the number of adults and children who died of AIDS during a given calendar year.
  • HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS: An estimate of all people (adults and children) alive at yearend with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS.
  • HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS > Per capita: An estimate of all people (adults and children) alive at yearend with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS per 1000: An estimate of all people (adults and children) alive at yearend with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Health expenditure per capita > Current US$: Health expenditure per capita (current US$). Total health expenditure is the sum of public and private health expenditures as a ratio of total population. It covers the provision of health services (preventive and curative), family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health but does not include provision of water and sanitation. Data are in current U.S. dollars.
  • Health services > Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included."
  • Health services > Nurses and midwives > Per 1,000 people: Nurses and midwives include professional nurses, professional midwives, auxiliary nurses, auxiliary midwives, enrolled nurses, enrolled midwives and other associated personnel, such as dental nurses and primary care nurses."
  • Health services > Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians include generalist and specialist medical practitioners.
  • Health spending per capita: Total health expenditure is the sum of public and private health expenditures as a ratio of total population. It covers the provision of health services (preventive and curative), family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health but does not include provision of water and sanitation. Data are in current U.S. dollars."
  • Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
  • Human height > Average female height: Average female height.
  • Human height > Average male height: Average male height.
  • Human height > Stature ratio (male to female ratio): Ratio of average height of males to average height of females.
  • Hunger and malnutrition > Children > Small children underweight: Percentage of all children under 5 that are moderately or severely underweight.
  • Hunger and malnutrition > Undernourished population > Percentage: Percentage of population that subsists on less than the required nutritional amounts per day.
  • Infant mortality rate > Total: This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
  • Life expectancy > Female: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy > Male: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy > Men: Life expectancy for men.
  • Life expectancy > Women: Life expectancy for women.
  • Life expectancy at birth > Female: The average number of years to be lived by a females in this nation born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.
  • Life expectancy at birth > Total population: The average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.
  • Life expectancy at birth, female > Years: Life expectancy at birth, female (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy at birth, male > Years: Life expectancy at birth, male (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy at birth, total > Years: Life expectancy at birth, total (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Maternal mortality: Maternal mortality reported per 100,000 births 1985-1999. The maternal mortality data are those reported by national authorities. UNICEF and the World Health Organization periodically evaluate these data and make adjustments to account for the well-documented problems of under-reporting and misclassification of maternal deaths and to develop estimates for countries with no data (for details on the most recent estimates see Hill, AbouZahr and Wardlaw 2001). Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.
  • Nurses and midwives > Per 1,000 people: Nurses and midwives (per 1,000 people). Nurses and midwives include professional nurses, professional midwives, auxiliary nurses, auxiliary midwives, enrolled nurses, enrolled midwives and other associated personnel, such as dental nurses and primary care nurses.
  • Nutrition > Depth of hunger > Kilocalories per person per day: Depth of hunger or the intensity of food deprivation, indicates how much food-deprived people fall short of minimum food needs in terms of dietary energy. The food deficit, in kilocalories per person per day, is measured by comparing the average amount of dietary energy that undernourished people get from the foods they eat with the minimum amount of dietary energy they need to maintain body weight and undertake light activity. The depth of hunger is low when it is less than 200 kilocalories per person per day, and high when it is higher than 300 kilocalories per person per day."
  • Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians are defined as graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, research).
  • Probability of reaching 65 > Female: Probability at birth of reaching the age of 65.
  • Probability of reaching 65 > Male: Probability at birth of reaching the age of 65.
  • Quality of health care system > Accuracy and completeness in filling out reports: Accuracy and completeness in filling out reports. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How satisfied you with the accuracy and completeness in filling out reports?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Convenient location: Convenience of location for you. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Convenience of location for you". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Cost: Cost to you. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Cost to you". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Friendliness and courtesy of staff: Friendliness and courtesy of the staff. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Friendliness and courtesy of the staff?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Health care system index: Health Care Index is an estimation of the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, cost, etc.
  • Quality of health care system > Modern equipment: Equipment for modern diagnosis and treatment. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Does hospitals have equipment for modern diagnosis and treatment?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Short waiting times: Responsiveness (waitings) in medical institutions. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How satisfied are you with the responsiveness (waitings) in medical institutions?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Skill and competence of medical staff: Skill and competency of medical staff. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How satisfied are you with the skill and competency of the local medical staff?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Speed in delivering examinations and reports: Speed in completing examination and reports. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Speed in completing examination and reports?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Spending > Per person: Spending per capita (PPP) in $US 1998.
  • Tobacco > Total adult smokers: Total adults smoking
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Adolescent fertility rate > Births per 1,000 women ages 15-19 58.42 births 2005 71st out of 180
Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people 17.72 per 1,000 people 2005 110th out of 181
Births and maternity > All births of boys 391,094 2011 8th out of 83
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 27.9 2010 48th out of 62
Births and maternity > Crude birth rate 18.7 2010 17th out of 54
Births and maternity > Future births 503.06 2100 50th out of 196
Births and maternity > Infant mortality rate 12.7 2012 118th out of 193
Births and maternity > Maternal death rate 77 per 100,000 live births 2010 80th out of 178
Births and maternity > Maternity leave > Weeks of leave given 18 2013 140th out of 180
Births and maternity > Number of births 756,176 2010 10th out of 54
Births and maternity > Number of births per thousand people 18.73 2010 16th out of 50
Births and maternity > Teenage birth rate 68.2 2009 17th out of 87
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.87% 2100 90th out of 196
Death rates > Children under 5 14.1 2009 117th out of 183
Death rates > Men 165.13 2008 94th out of 143
Deaths > Deaths of infants 8,878 2011 3rd out of 69
Deaths > Percent deaths registered 90-100 2006
Diseases > Cancer > Cancer death rate (per 100,000 population) 139 2004 70th out of 189
Diseases > Incidence of tuberculosis > Per 100,000 people 25 2012 127th out of 205
Diseases > Overweight > Average Body Mass Index (BMI) 26.44 2013 18th out of 174
Expenditure per capita > Current US$ 382.9$ 2004 55th out of 185
Fertility rate > Total > Births per woman 2.29 births per woman 2005 103th out of 179
HIV AIDS > Adult prevalence rate 0.5% 2009 65th out of 130
HIV AIDS > Deaths 2,900 2009 46th out of 66
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS 110,000 2009 39th out of 133
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS > Per capita 3.49 per 1,000 people 2001 57th out of 126
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS per 1000 2.75 2009 70th out of 131
Health expenditure per capita > Current US$ $891.80 2011 51st out of 187
Health services > Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 4 2005 41st out of 108
Health services > Nurses and midwives > Per 1,000 people 0.48 2004 51st out of 63
Health services > Physicians > Per 1,000 people 3.21 2005 6th out of 31
Health spending per capita 662.62 2007 50th out of 181
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 4.1 per 1,000 people 2000 41st out of 59
Human height > Average female height 1.596 m (5 ft 3 in) 2004
Human height > Average male height N/A 2004
Human height > Stature ratio (male to female ratio) 1.08 1998 1st out of 2
Hunger and malnutrition > Children > Small children underweight 2.3% 2005 29th out of 34
Hunger and malnutrition > Undernourished population > Percentage 0.0 2012 113th out of 125
Infant mortality rate > Total 10.81 deaths/1,000 live births 2011 141st out of 216
Life expectancy > Female 79.2 2008 49th out of 182
Life expectancy > Male 71.65 2008 65th out of 182
Life expectancy > Men 72 years 2013 22nd out of 88
Life expectancy > Women 80 years 2013 7th out of 88
Life expectancy at birth > Female 80.36 years 2011 59th out of 216
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 76.95 years 2011 66th out of 216
Life expectancy at birth, female > Years 79.61 2011 53th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, male > Years 72.24 2011 72nd out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 75.84 2011 62nd out of 196
Maternal mortality 41 per 100,000 2001 88th out of 136
Nurses and midwives > Per 1,000 people 0.481 2004 55th out of 68
Nutrition > Depth of hunger > Kilocalories per person per day 200 2006 80th out of 169
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 3.01 per 1,000 people 1998 24th out of 78
Probability of reaching 65 > Female 84.1% 2050 44th out of 159
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 70.6% 2050 55th out of 159
Quality of health care system > Accuracy and completeness in filling out reports 77.17 2014 7th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Convenient location 80.43 2014 11th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Cost 76.09 2014 10th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Friendliness and courtesy of staff 75 2014 9th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 75.43 2014 11th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Modern equipment 90 2014 21st out of 46
Quality of health care system > Short waiting times 51.09 2014 27th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Skill and competence of medical staff 80.21 2014 4th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Speed in delivering examinations and reports 72.83 2014 9th out of 46
Spending > Per person 654 1998 28th out of 133
Tobacco > Total adult smokers 40.4% 2005 14th out of 121

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Citation

"Argentina Health Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Argentina/Health/All-stats

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Argentina is described as having a deficient healthcare system which was aggravated by the recent economic crisis. There are several factors that explain the acute effects of the crisis on the health sector. These are the deterioration in the financing of different subsystems (private and public healthcare programs); rise in the cost of imported medications and bio-medical inputs as a result of currency devaluation; increase in the need for public hospital services; higher epidemiological risks; and, emotional instability due to the inability to deal with the new economic status and political situation.

Many could not afford medical care after the economic crash, leading to further health declines in many impoverished communities. Results from the 2002 Permanent Household Survey found that 57 percent of households from the poorer quintile of the population admit to a decrease of frequency in which they take their children in for medical visits. In addition, the Argentina Ministry of Health estimated that in 2001, 30 percent of the infant population did not have access to vaccinations. The deterioration of preventative health care on top of weakened national and provincial basic health programs is expected to lead to increased morbidity and mortality among the population—drastically escalating epidemiological risks.

Changes in the mental and emotional status of individuals are being observed, with a higher percentage of surveyed households reporting that they feel discouraged or without hope for the future. Mental illnesses are already recording exponential growth in the number of emergency consultations, while suicide appears to be increasing among adolescents. This leads to another highly problematic, yet very popular, coping strategy—the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Survey results showed major increases in alcohol consumption among men, women, adolescents, and adults in recent decades.

Posted on 20 May 2014

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