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Bolivia and Argentina decrease tension surrounding health care system

By Orpan - 14/03/2019
Bolivia and Argentina decrease tension surrounding health care system

The governments of Bolivia and Argentina reached a health reciprocity agreement that will provide free medical attention to citizens of both countries.

The agreement came into light in a meeting held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, after tension arise last month when Gerardo Morales, governor of the Argentinian province of Jujuy, wrote a harsh letter to Bolivian President Evo Morales and Health Minister Gabriela Montaño, in which he complaint that Bolivians residents in Argentina are attended for free by the health care system while Argentines residents in Bolivia are not.

"There is good will to reach an agreement and we trust that Argentina accepts our conditions," said after the meeting a Bolivian diplomat to Infobae, assessing the concrete possibility that Bolivia stops charging Argentine residents for health care. This new agreement would also contemplate Argentines who need health care while in travel in Bolivia, subject to the benefits of the Unified Health System (SUS) that Bolivia has recently implemented.


By Orpan - 14/03/2019
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.