“We seek that health be a comprehensive care and take into account the patient, his family and society”,

One of the main pillars of the Institute of Human Genetics is to offer comprehensive and free health care. This is how today and after 10 years of its creation, the Institute continues to maintain this objective protected by Provincial Law XVII No. 81.

“Today, health began to have a more social perspective and this is beginning to change from the hegemonic medical paradigm, where only the diagnosis, the study, blood draw, analysis and that’s it,” said Denise Sánchez, social worker. of the Institute of Human Genetics, in dialogue with Misiones Online.

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“And what happens to that patient who after having his genetic diagnosis, if the genetic diagnosis is found, he returns home with that disease. What happens with children who live in rural areas, who do not have a suitable home, where the walls are made of wood and there is a lot of humidity”, raised the Bachelor of Social Work.

For this reason, “we have to try to ensure that the person, in addition to the genetic diagnosis, has a suitable social environment for it,” Sánchez explained and highlighted the importance of joint work between medical geneticists, mental health professionals and social workers.

Part of the professionals that make up the work team of the Institute of Human Genetics in Misiones.

Sánchez referred to the different “barriers” that they encounter on a day-to-day basis and that prevent many patients from being able to access the services they offer quickly or more efficiently. And he emphasized patients who have or are suspected of having a rare disease.

One of them is that they are really very expensive studies and many times the social works do not want to take charge and pay for these expenses. Another complication is ignorance. And in this sense he pointed out that many times they find cases where they diagnose patients with diseases that are already known as maturational delay and do not investigate thoroughly.

“Every law is a coverage floor and not a limit for health,” he said and pointed against the social works that often do not facilitate the work of the IGeHM professionals.

“With people who don’t have social security we don’t have a problem with genetic coverage, the genetic study is done much faster for everyone,” he admitted.

Sánchez thanked the Legislature for its support since it helped this health center grow so much and quickly.

To conclude, the Attorney left two messages: one for all health professionals, supporting the need for “the person to be taken into account as a patient, but also the family and society as a whole”, she pointed out and made reference to the importance of social actions (such as government agencies) that are carried out to help in treatments.

Second, he asked teachers not to hesitate to refer children to medical geneticists if they really notice certain learning difficulties. “When they see that the boys have something else and that they do not advance (in learning) but rather worsen, ask for an appointment with the geneticist doctor,” Sánchez finally indicated.

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