Social determinants of health

Ricardo Lagos

Commissioner from Chile

Ricardo Lagos Escobar is the former President of Chile. An economist and lawyer by qualification, he worked as an economist for the United Nations from 1976–1984. In the 1990s, R. Lagos served in Chile under President Aylwin and his successor, President Eduardo Frei, as both Education Minister and Minister of Public Works.

His presidency was characterized by such achievements as improvements in infrastructure and transport; the creation of an unemployment insurance; the AUGE health program guaranteeing coverage for a number of medical conditions; the Chile Barrio housing program; extending compulsory schooling to 12 years; monetary compensation to victims of torture under the Pinochet regime identified in the Valech Report; and the signing of a recast Constitution of Chile.