Informal Payments and the Financing of Health Care in Developing and Transition Countries

14 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2008

Abstract

Informal, under-the-table, payments to public health providers is an increasingly important source of health financing in developing and transition countries. With basic funding levels and minimal accountability publicly financed and delivered care falls prey to illegal payments, which can require payments that can reach over 100 percent of median income. Methods to address the abuse include establishing official fees combined with improved oversight and accountability for public health providers and a role for communities in holding providers accountable

Keywords: governance, informal payments, health financing, developing country health care financing, transtion countries health financing

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Maureen, Informal Payments and the Financing of Health Care in Developing and Transition Countries. Health Affairs, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1115413

Maureen Lewis (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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