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Ministry of Health (Argentina)

Ministry of Health
Ministerio de Salud

Ministry of Public Works Building, now the headquarters of the Ministry of Health
Ministry overview
Formed1949; 75 years ago (1949) (first creation)
Preceding Ministry
  • Secretariat of Public Health
JurisdictionGovernment of Argentina
HeadquartersMinistry of Public Works Building, Av. 9 de Julio 1925, Buenos Aires
Annual budget$ 70,680,000 (2020)[1]
Minister responsible
  • Mario Russo

The Ministry of Health (Spanish: Ministerio de Salud) of Argentina is a ministry of the national executive power that oversees, elaborates and coordinates the Argentine national state's public health policy. The ministry is responsible for overseeing Argentina's highly decentralized universal health care system, which according to 2000 figures, serviced over half of the country's population.[2]

Since 10 December 2023, the Minister of Health has been Mario Russo, appointed by President Javier Milei.[3]

Structure and dependencies

The Ministry of Health and Sustainable Development counts with a number of centralized and decentralized dependencies. The centralized dependencies, as in other government ministers, are known as secretariats (secretarías) and undersecretariats (subsecretarías), as well as a number of other centralized agencies; each of the undersecretariats of the ministry counts with a number of directorates and other centralized agencies, which assess different types of healthcare-related areas:[4][5]

  • Secretariat of Health Quality (Secretaría de Calidad en Salud)
    • Undersecretariat of Quality, Regulation and Fiscalization (Subsecretaría de Calidad, Regulación y Fiscalización)
    • Undersecretariat of Services and Institutes Administration (Subsecretaría de Gestión de Servicios e Institutos)
  • Secretariat of Health Equality (Secretaría de Equidad en Salud)
    • Undersecretariat of Federal Articulation (Subsecretaría de Articulación Federal)
    • Undersecretariat of Systems Integration (Subsecretaría de Integración de los Sistemas)
  • Secretariat of Health Access (Secretaría de Acceso a la Salud)
    • Undersecretariat of Medication and Strategic Information (Subsecretaría de Medicamentos e Información Estratégica)
    • Undersecretariat of Health Strategies (Subsecretaría de Estrategias Sanitarias)

Several "deconcentrated" agencies also report to and depend on the Ministry of Health, such as the Superintendency of Health Services (SSS),[6] the National Agency of Public Laboratories (ANLAP),[7] the Comprehensive Medical Attention Program (PAMI), the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT),[8] the Dr. Carlos Malbrán National Administration of Laboratories and Healthcare Institutes (ANLIS Malbrán),[9] and the National Cancer and National Tropical Medicine Institutes.[10][11]

There are also a number of decentralized agencies that report to the Ministry, such as the National Psycho-physical Rehabilitation Institute of the South (INAREPS),[12] the Only Central National Institute for Excision and Implants (Incucai),[13] the Dr. Manuel Montes de Oca National Summer Camp,[14] and the Baldomero Sommer, Laura Bonaparte and Alejandro Posadas national hospitals.[15]


The Ministry of Health has been headquartered in the Ministry of Public Works Building (which, as its name indicates, was originally the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Works) since 1991.[16] The building is now considered an iconic landmark of Buenos Aires due to the large framed steel images of Eva Perón that hang from the southern and northern facades of the building, located at the interception of 9 de Julio Avenue and Belgrano Avenue, in the Monserrat barrio of Buenos Aires.[17]

List of ministers

No. Minister Party Term President
Ministry of Public Health (1949–1955)
1 Ramón Carrillo Peronist Party 11 March 1949 – 27 July 1954 Juan Domingo Perón
2 Raúl Conrado Bevacqua Peronist Party 27 July 1954 – 21 September 1955
Ministry of Social Assistance and Public Health (1958–1966)
3 Héctor Noblía Radical Civic Union 1 May 1958 – 26 March 1962 Arturo Frondizi
4 Tiburcio Padilla Radical Civic Union 26 March 1962 – 1 July 1963
José María Guido
5 Horacio Rodríguez Castells Independent 1 July 1963 – 12 October 1963
6 Arturo Oñativia Radical Civic Union 12 October 1963 – 28 June 1966 Arturo Illia
Ministry of Public Health and Environment (1981–1983)
7 Amílcar Argüelles Independent (Military) 29 March 1981 – 12 December 1981 Roberto Viola
8 Horacio Rodríguez Castells Independent 12 December 1981 – 10 December 1983 Leopoldo Galtieri
Reynaldo Bignone
Ministry of Health and Social Action (1983–2001)
9 Aldo Neri Radical Civic Union 10 December 1983 – 15 April 1986 Raúl Alfonsín
10 Conrado Storani Radical Civic Union 15 April 1986 – 16 September 1987
11 Ricardo Barrios Arrechea Radical Civic Union 16 September 1987 – 26 May 1989
12 Enrique Beveraggi Radical Civic Union 26 May 1989 – 8 July 1989
13 Julio Corzo Justicialist Party 8 July 1989 – 23 September 1989 Carlos Menem
14 Antonio Erman González Justicialist Party 23 September 1989 – 14 December 1989
15 Eduardo Bauzá Justicialist Party 14 December 1989 – 20 September 1990
16 Alberto Kohan Justicialist Party 20 September 1990 – 16 January 1991
17 Avelino Porto Independent 16 January 1991 – 3 December 1991
18 Julio César Aráoz Justicialist Party 3 December 1991 – 22 April 1993
19 Alberto José Mazza Justicialist Party 22 April 1993 – 10 December 1999
20 Héctor Lombardo Radical Civic Union 10 December 1999 – 20 December 2001 Fernando de la Rúa
Ministry of Health and the Environment (2001–2007)
21 Ginés González García Justicialist Party 2 January 2002 – 10 December 2007 Eduardo Duhalde
Néstor Kirchner
Ministry of Health (2007–2018)
22 Graciela Ocaña Independent 10 December 2007 – 29 June 2009 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
23 Juan Luis Manzur Justicialist Party 29 June 2009 – 26 February 2015
24 Daniel Gollán Independent 26 February 2015 – 10 December 2015
25 Jorge Lemus Republican Proposal 10 December 2015 – 21 November 2017 Mauricio Macri
26 Adolfo Rubinstein Radical Civic Union 21 November 2017 – 5 September 2018
Ministry of Health and Social Development (2018–2019)
27 Carolina Stanley Republican Proposal 5 September 2018 – 10 December 2019 Mauricio Macri
Ministry of Health (2019–Present)
28 Ginés González García Justicialist Party 10 December 2019 – 19 February 2021 Alberto Fernández
29 Carla Vizzotti Independent 20 February 2021 – 10 December 2023
30 Mario Russo Republican Proposal 10 December 2023 – present Javier Milei

See also


  1. ^ "¿Qué hace el Presupuesto por vos?". Ministerio de Hacienda (in Spanish). 2017. Archived from the original on 16 September 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ Barrientos, Armando; Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter (1 December 2000). "Reforming health insurance in Argentina and Chile". Health Policy and Planning. Oxford University Press. 15 (4): 417–423. doi:10.1093/HEAPOL/15.4.417. ISSN 0268-1080. PMID 11124245. S2CID 8804236.
  3. ^ "El Gabinete de Milei: todas las funciones de cada una de las nuevas carteras, según la Ley de Ministerios". El Cronista (in Spanish). 11 December 2023. Retrieved 14 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Ministerio de Salud". (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable". (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Superintendencia de Salud: cómo hacer un cambio de obra social". (in Spanish). 11 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ "El ministro puso en funciones a los titulares de la Agencia Nacional de Laboratorios Públicos". (in Spanish). 19 February 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Dos kits que detectan el coronavirus en una hora esperan aprobación del Anmat". Télam (in Spanish). 9 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  9. ^ "El Instituto Malbrán desarrolló un ensayo para detectar anticuerpos específicos de SARS-Cov-2". Télam (in Spanish). 28 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Piden que pacientes con cáncer no suspendan sus tratamientos". Diario Río Negro (in Spanish). 11 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  11. ^ "En Puerto Iguazú también se realizarán los test del Covid-19". Vía Iguazú (in Spanish). 21 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Renunció la directora del INAREPS". El Marplatense (in Spanish). 20 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Se realizaron 100 trasplantes en medio del aislamiento social obligatorio". Télam (in Spanish). 28 April 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Colonia Montes de Oca: pasan a planta a todos los cargos políticos". El Civismo (in Spanish). 7 November 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  15. ^ Santoro, Daniel (2 April 2020). "Coronavirus: el Gobierno asignó una partida especial de $ 470 millones para el hospital de El Calafate". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  16. ^ Igal, Daniel (20 October 2016). "La historia del edificio de Obras Públicas, un gigante que cumple 80 años". La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Se volvió a iluminar la imagen de Evita en el Ministerio de Desarrollo Social". TN (in Spanish). 12 December 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
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