This good practice was introduced in 2014, based on the search for administrative solutions among health providers in Uruguay that guarantee care and coverage for specific vulnerable populations. We identified that these target groups would likely struggle to reach and access care, given that they lived far from the capital, primarily in suburban and rural areas. Moreover, beneficiaries were generally covered by the universal health-care system but worked in the informal sector. Accordingly, access to medical care could facilitate formally integrating this group into the social security system.
With this in mind, the Catholic Workers’ Circle of the Uruguay Mutual Fund (Círculo Católico de Obreros del Uruguay Mutualista) signed a complementarity agreement with the Administration of State Health Services (Administración de Servicios de Salud del Estado – ASSE), a public provider. The idea was to ensure health care for users in the “El Santoral” area, located around 70 kilometres from the capital and primarily composed of suburban and rural inhabitants. This joint effort facilitated access to care for a greater number of people, thereby improving the quality of care.