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Equity during an economic crisis: Financing of the Argentine health system

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  • Cavagnero, Eleonora
  • Bilger, Marcel
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    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.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 479-488

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:29:y:2010:i:4:p:479-488

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    Keywords: Health care financing Income redistribution Health care utilization Economic crisis Argentina;

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