Health Care Financing: Assessing Its Relationship to Health Equity


in Challenging Inequities in Health

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137408
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863983 | DOI:
Health Care Financing: Assessing Its Relationship to Health Equity

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This chapter on health care financing introduces financing as one aspect of the health system that affects health equity. The configuration of financing, defined as both mobilization of financial resources and the allocation of those resources to the population, will affect health outcomes in two important ways. First, it determines, in part, the availability of health care and who has access to it. Second, it dictates the degree of financial protection offered against catastrophic costs of illness. It is argued that although financing issues often tend to dominate debates and prescriptions for health systems reform, methods of financing are but one aspect of a broad health system that involves institutions, policies, and human resources.

Keywords: equity in health care; health care financing; resource allocation; financial resources

Chapter.  9653 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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