Recurrent cost and public health care delivery: The other war in El Salvador
AbstractThis study analyzes the causes and effects of the persistent underfinancing of recurrent costs in the Ministry of Health (MOH) of El Salvador over the past decade. Causative factors identified and discussed include (1) a functionally unintegrated MOH structure--consisting of (a) the autonomous hospitals and (b) the remainder of the Ministry; (2) the functional isolation of the Ministry's planning department from its budgetary department; (3) the use of historical-budget based decision-making--in lieu of more explicitly goal oriented resource allocation and planning criteria; (4) donor agencies' funding of infrastructure construction projects, coupled with their unwillingness to financially support the recurrent costs such projects ultimately give rise to; and finally, (5) the civil war and its associated economic dislocation, altered central government funding priorities and general state of disarray. The effects of persistent underfinancing of recurrent costs in El Salvador are the growing proportion of the MOH budget being consumed by outlays for personnel at the expense of virtually all other budgetary categories; the shortages of drugs and general medical supplies in public health facilities; and reduced levels of utilization of those facilities from what would otherwise be expected; all of which together imply a reduced level of both productivity and effectiveness of the public health care system. Policy implications and recommendations are briefly noted.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.
Volume (Year): 25 (1987)
Issue (Month): 8 (January)
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/315/description#description
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Zhang, Lei).
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.