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Ministry of Health

The Health Ministry’s mission during this administration has been to contribute to making the population healthier; to harmoniously develop the healthcare systems in a people-centered manner; to strengthen control over those factors that could impact health; and to support the national medical attention network. The ministry’s goal is to attend the needs of individuals, families and communities in a timely manner. It is accountable to the public and seeks to promote people’s exercise of their rights and responsibilities.

Jaime Mañalich


Dr. Jaime Mañalich is a surgeon specializing in nephrology with a degree from the Universidad de Chile. He began his career in Santiago’s Hospital José Joaquín Aguirre, where he worked for 15 years. He later pursued a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on Health Economics at McMaster University in Canada.

He has served as the Medical Director of Clínica Las Condes since 1995. During this time, the clinic has experienced its highest level of growth and was accredited by the Joint Commission International, the world’s most important health quality certification agency.

In February 2010, he was appointed Health Minister by President Sebastián Piñera, a position that he held throughout that term (from March 11, 2010 to March 11, 2014).

When he entered that role, he had to address the significant damage that was caused to one in every three healthcare facilities in Chile as a result of the February 27, 2010 earthquake. Despite this, 19 hospitals were opened during his term and construction was started on another 43. In addition, 48 new public health offices were built and 71 were under construction.

During his term, the Plan Auge healthcare reform was expanded from 56 conditions to 80, the number of scholarships available to train specialists was doubled, Digital Medical Leave was implemented and the number of shift pharmacies was extended to the national level.

In regard to legislation, the Pharmaceuticals and Bioequivalence Law was passed along with the Patient Rights and Duties Law and Food Labeling Law, which had been under discussion for years. In addition, he worked with the Labor and Social Development Ministry to extend maternity leave to six months, including adoptive mothers, and parental postnatal leave.

After completing his position as minister, he served as Director of the Universidad San Sebastián Public Health Institute and Director of the Universidad de Los Andes Public Health and Epidemiology Department.

In October 2017, he was appointed General Manager of Clínica Las Condes and in March 2018 became a member of the Board of Fundación Teletón.

He is married and has three children.

Paula Daza


Ms. Daza has a Degree in Pediatric Surgery from the Universidad de Chile. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the Universidad de Los Andes. She obtained a Degree in Evidence-based Research and Medicine from the same university and a Diploma in Health Administration from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Since 2013 she has been the coordinator and a teacher for the Quality and Safety Management program of the Universidad Diego Portales. She was also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Universidad de Los Andes.

Ms. Daza was a member of the health program team for presidential candidate Sebastián Piñera. Previously she managed the health program for presidential candidate Evelyn Matthei in 2013, and she was the manager of the health program for presidential candidate Andrés Allamand during the primary election that same year.

Ms. Daza is the director of the American Heart Association of the Clínica Dávila, Chile. The American Heart Association is a nonprofit organization which strives to lower the national and global level of cardiovascular diseases. She is a member of the board of directors for nonprofit Fundación Vivir + Feliz, which works to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer. She is also a member of the Chilean Pediatrics Society.

She is married and has four children.

Arturo Zúñiga

Subsecretario de Redes Asistenciales

Ingeniero comercial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica, cuenta con 10 años de experiencia en el sector salud.

Se desempeñó como jefe de gabinete del Ministro de Salud, Jaime Mañalich, durante el primer mandato del Presidente Piñera y anteriormente, como director de salud de la Municipalidad de Panguipulli, entre otros cargos de administración en salud.