On Sunday, December 10, 2023, Argentina's political landscape undergoes a significant shift. Libertarian firebrand Javier Milei is on the brink of assuming an influential government role. His decision to transform the Health Department into a full-fledged Ministry has ignited widespread commentary and a last-minute blooper.
Mario Russo has been appointed Minister of Health for the administration of Javier Milei, whose inauguration is scheduled for this Sunday. Additionally, it was announced that Enrique Rodríguez Chiantore will assume the role of Superintendent of Health Services.
Milei's Health Ministry Plan Altered: Russo Appointed After Cabinet Meeting
These appointments were made public after a Cabinet meeting led by Nicolás Posse, attended by Patricia Bullrich, Luis Petri, and other prominent members. Initially, Javier Milei had planned for the health sector to become a Secretariat within the Ministry of Human Capital, under the direction of Sandra Pettovello.
This ministry will also include areas such as Labor, Education, and Social Development, among other responsibilities. However, in a recent conversation between Milei and Pettovello, who is one of the closest and most trusted collaborators in La Libertad Avanza, the idea of modifying this structure was raised. It was Pettovello who suggested to the future head of state the possibility of establishing the Health portfolio as an independent entity, rather than being under her jurisdiction.
Mario Russo: Chosen Minister with Extensive Medical and Management Background
The truth is that Mario Russo is ultimately the chosen one. He is a prominent clinical cardiologist, known in the medical field for his nearly decade-long career at FLENI. Additionally, he has participated in executive training programs in health management and economics at the Austral University and the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA).