We visited ACSYECA, a small nonprofit organization that provides healthcare and health education services. This clinic opens their services to all people–even to those that cannot afford it–so they essentially do not deny services to anyone. They charge either a small fee or provide a sliding scale option to those in need of assistance.
What are the social justice issues?
Healthcare in El Salvador remains a lively topic, often debated in several social realms, especially in smaller communities with scarce resources and limited funding. This lack of funding on the political (macro) level creates barriers for mezzo (community) levels and micro (individual) levels. These barriers primarily limit people financially. However, neoliberal policies also limit the infrastructure, education, technology, and overall quality of medical care to people that cannot afford privatized care.
Like many other social issues in El Salvador, policy can be changed in order to lessen the gap of inequity. Most children and adults do not receive health benefits (GO or NGO benefits) and therefore cannot afford privatized care. This leaves many people untreated and further marginalizes those living in poverty. Health then becomes a generational issue, even for those with easily treatable diseases and illnesses. Additionally, the lack of cultural awareness about differing policy options can create a justification for policy makers.