Using social health insurance to meet policy goals.
International Conference on the Economics of health insurance in low and middle-income countries. Antwerp, BEL, 1997/01/17.
Social health insurance, with contributions based on incomes and access to services on need is being considered as an option for health care finance in many countries.
The argument in this paper starts from the premise that the choice of health care financing mechanisms should start with a clear focus on policy goals, with different options judged against the extent to which these are met.
These are likely to include objectives of access to care for those in need, quality of care, incentives for efficient provision and cost control.
Different systems will meet the objectives of mobilising resources, providing insurance against risk and redistribution resources to differing extents.
It is argued that a particular problem in health care finance is shifting rights to resources over time.
It is also important to be clear about the distinction between affordability of and payment mechanisms for health care.
The choice of funding mechanisms may have little effect on other policy goals, such as economic development.
However, they may differ in the degree to which they allow specific health policy goals to be met.
Different mechanisms for collecting and managing funds, and for paying for services are discussed. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Assurance maladie, Politique sanitaire, Afrique, Asie, Amérique Latine, Amérique, Pays en développement, Aspect économique, Développement économique, Protection sociale, Système santé, Pays transition
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health insurance, Health policy, Africa, Asia, Latin America, America, Developing countries, Economic aspect, Economic development, Welfare aids, Health system
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