Jeanette Vega

Director, National Chilean Public Health Insurance Agency (FONASA)

Jeanette Vega is the Director of Fonasa, the National Chilean Public Health Insurance Agency (FONASA) since March 2014. Dr. Vega has over 20 years of experience in international health. Her areas of expertise include social determinants of healthy, health equity and health systems.  Prior to being appointed as Director of Fonasa by President Michelle Bachelet, Dr. Vega served as Managing Director of Health at The Rockefeller Foundation.  She was Vice Minister of Health in Chile, between 2008 and 2010, leading the country’s 13-step agenda for equity in health. Before that, Dr. Vega served as a Director at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she led the equity in health agenda, looking at the social determinants of health and health systems. Dr. Vega started her career as a medical doctor in Chile specializing in Family Medicine. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Authored Content

  • Dec 23 2014
    Blog Post Universal Health Coverage: The Right Choice, The Smart Choice This post originally appeared on  In June 2012, Marly Aparecida Dias Gaya’s life in Sao Paulo, Brazil changed dramatically when she fell down the stairs and hit her head. Her injury had doctors worried she might never walk, talk, or even recognise her family again. Marly underwent two successful brain operations, as well as […] Jeanette Vega
  • Sep 23 2013
    Blog Post Prioritizing Universal Health Coverage This blog post is part of a series by the authors of the recent report, “Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap.” The report — a collaborative effort from The Rockefeller Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, and WHO — focuses on how and why inequity should be prioritized as countries progress on the path towards […] Jeanette Vega
  • Jul 29 2013
    Blog Post Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years In January 2013, the Foundation and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) held in Beijing China, a Global Health Summit: Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years. The two hosts each brought a one hundred year track record in public health. The Summit gathered 112 prominent leaders from government, international organizations, academia, civil society and […] Jeanette Vega