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Universidad y Salud

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DIAZ-TORO, Yira Rosalba; GUTIERREZ-ORTIZ, Ramiro; QUIMBAYO-MONTEALEGRE, Elizabeth  and  JIMENEZ-BARBOSA, Wilson Giovanni. Nonmelanoma skin cancer: pathology guardianship. Univ. Salud [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.2, pp.234-245. ISSN 0124-7107.

The manuscript is a review of non-melanoma skin cancer (NSC) from different angles of the problem: starting in conceptualizing aspects of the disease through the description of the procedures and the cost that a patient who requires attention when presenting presumptive NSC diagnosismust face in the current General System of Social Security in Colombian Health. Additionally, barriers to access and denial of services are explained by mentioning the results of a case-based EPS in Bogotá which ending in guardianship as a lifeline to demand the fundamental right to health. In Colombia, a patient with NSCdaily struggles not only against the disease but also with a complex structure that overcomes the rein of the health system and transcends political, social and economic components of the country. This is considered as a vicious circle which urgently requires a deep intervention at different scales and which exceeds the scope of the reform of the Colombian health . A strong commitment and concrete actions are required to overcome the difficulties documented in the real, effective and quality access of the Colombians who are suffering from NSC to health services.

Keywords : Health; guardianship; skin; skin cancer; non-melanoma; the right to health; public health.

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