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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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GIL-QUEVEDO, Walter; AGURTO-TAVARA, Elvia  and  ESPINOZA-PORTILLA, Elizabeth. Informed and empowered citizens: keys to the full exercise of health rights. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2017, vol.34, n.2, pp.311-315. ISSN 1726-4634.

Currently, there is a Peruvian legal framework that promotes the dissemination of information on the health rights of the population. Institutions have been created, such as the National Superintendence of Health, which are in charge of promoting health rights and supervising health-care providers. Despite many achievements, such as extending comprehensive health insurance coverage, it is necessary to implement strategies for the population to access information and advice in a timely, quick and complete manner. Some experiences have shown potential for expansion and growth, such as citizens’ participation in Health Service User Councils and the Program of Integrated Actions for the Promotion of Health Rights, as well as the formation of decentralized Intendencies of the National Superintendency of Health. The conciliation and arbitration centers, the training of community health agents, the citizen vigilance, and even innovative strategies using information and communication technologies such as free smartphone applications, are important mechanisms for citizens to have more information and knowledge in health, and thus, to be more empowered, having the capacity to exert more control over the decisions taken on their health.

Keywords : Patient Rights; Human Rights; Training; Peru.

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