Health Insurance Reforms in Latin America: Cream Skimming, Equality and Cost-Containment

Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Armando Barrientos

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Recent social insurance reforms in Latin America aimed at enlarging the scope for private sector involvement have produced structural changes in the provision and financing of health care. Private provision of health care is already long established in the region for middle to high income groups. The changes in health care financing go further, and represent a radical departure from traditional social insurance models of protection towards establishing health insurance markets. The aim of this chapter is to consider the implications of these changes in health care financing for health care access, demand and costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Policy Reform and Market Governance in Latin America
EditorsLouise Haagh, Camilla T. Helgø
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780230502680
ISBN (Print)9780333998656, 9781349433186
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSt Antony's Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2633-5964
ISSN (Electronic)2633-5972

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