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J Health Econ. 2010 Jul;29(4):479-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.03.008. Epub 2010 Apr 2.

Equity during an economic crisis: financing of the Argentine health system.

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World Health Organization, Department of Health Systems Financing, Geneva, Switzerland. eleonoracavagnero@gmail.com

Abstract

This article analyses the redistributive effect caused by health financing and the distribution of healthcare utilization in Argentina before and during the severe 2001/2002 economic crisis. Both dramatically changed during this period: the redistributive effect became much more positive and utilization shifted from pro-poor to pro-rich. This clearly demonstrates that when utilization is contingent on financing, changes can occur rapidly; and that an integrated approach is required when monitoring equity. From a policy perspective, the Argentine health system appears vulnerable to economic downturns mainly due to high reliance on out-of-pocket payments and the strong link between health insurance and employment.

PMID:
20452070
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.03.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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