Universal health coverage in Latin American countries: how to improve solidarity-based schemes

by Daniel Titelman, Oscar Cetrángolo, Olga Lucía Acosta
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 16 October 2014

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Latin American health systems encompass a wide range of financial sources, which translate into different solidarity-based schemes that combine contributory (payroll taxes) and non-contributory (general taxes) sources of financing. To move towards universal health coverage, solidarity-based schemes must heavily rely on countries´ capacity to increase public expenditure in health. Improvement of solidarity-based schemes will need the expansion of mandatory universal insurance systems and strengthening of the public sector including increased fiscal expenditure. These actions demand a new model to integrate different sources of health-sector financing, including general tax revenue, social security contributions, and private expenditure.

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