On Tuesday, February 19, Humphrey Fellow Diana Quintero presented on “The Effect of Corruption on the Right to Health in Colombia”. Diana described the structure of the Colombian health care system and the role that corruption plays in denying health care to those in need of it.
Two options for health insurance exist in Colombia. Individuals may purchase insurance through private insurance companies or participate in the insurance plan provided by the government. Private insurance plans offer more benefits but are much more expensive. Government health care plans are provided to those who can not afford a private insurance plan.
Diana proposed that the Colombian government publish detailed budgets and demand accountability for corrupt practices. She and other Fellows at the presentation believe that this solution would prevent violations of the right to health in Colombia. Stay tuned for more outstanding human rights advocacy from our Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows!