IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Health care system in Armenia: Past, present and prospects

Listed author(s):
  • Tonoyan, Tamara
Registered author(s):

    The paper describes the state and trends of health care, as well as the comprehensive reform program in Armenia. It presents previous, current situation and focuses on future development options. After demonstrating the logic of the investigation, the paper recapitulates the information about results of reform that do not appear to meet all the objectives of health care policy. The reform process has encountered resistance and there is now a serious risk that reformers may throw out the baby with the bath water. The most challenging problem that must be faced involves the drastic decrease in access even to the most essential health care services, as unlike many other transition countries, social-economic factors have prevented the implementation of medical insurance and generated a decrease in subsidized health services and visits for medical aid. Funding shortages often mean that even vulnerable groups have to pay. This has led to an increase of the length of illness and chronic pathology. Thus, the principle of equity with respect to financing and access is undermined. The paper indicates that disparity and polarization are quite high in the society. There are insufficient public funds and the highest share of informal payments prevents the poor to get adequate care. The paper describes the negative effects of widespread use of informal payments in health care and possible steps to reduce it. It analyzes topics such as, feasibility of state health insurance. The paper proposes to implement many interchangeable opportunities for learning in transitional countries and brings to attention the necessity to develop a mechanism for shared learning at the international level. These are outlined briefly at the end of the paper. The paper concludes and summarizes the range of recommendations which are most relevant to developing countries.

    If 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.

    File URL: https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/36406/1/393631362.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Technische Universität Berlin, School of Economics and Management in its series Discussion Papers with number 2004/11.

    as
    in new window

    Length:
    Date of creation: 2004
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:tubsem:200411
    Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.wm.tu-berlin.de/menue/fakultaet_vii/

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:zbw:tubsem:200411. See general 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: (ZBW - German National Library of Economics)

    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.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.