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Inequalities in Universal Health Coverage: Evidence from Vietnam

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Exploiting a window of opportunity in Vietnam, this paper examines the impact of social health insurance on target population groups. Significant inequalities in the coverage of service utilization and financial protection are found across groups. Persons with disabilities, and retirees to a lesser extent, experienced relatively high rates of service utilization and were most at risk of health care-induced poverty. A higher level of targeting in the design of benefit packages is recommended.

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  • Palmer, Michael G., 2014. "Inequalities in Universal Health Coverage: Evidence from Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 384-394.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:64:y:2014:i:c:p:384-394
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.06.008
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