Social Health Protection in Arab Countries

Schreiber, J., T. Eich, M. Clarke, eds., Conference Proceedings of the international Conference 'Health Related Issues and Islamic Normativity,' 2013

12 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2013

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Markus Loewe

German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Date Written: March 2, 2013

Abstract

The generous social health protection systems that Arab governments have built up during the 1960s and 1970s continue to exist but they lack the funds needed to function in the way they did twenty years ago. Even more serious however is the fact that available funds are inefficiently distributed in the existing health care and insurance systems, and socially unjust among the population. This is partly due to (i) a decay of both the supply side and the funding side of the health care sector into multiple co-existing parallel structures that lack coherence and are available only to a certain segment of the population, which thus perpetuates and intensifies the existing stratification of society, and that (ii) the kind of spending in the health care system is given priority that addresses the health care for the urban middle classes, rather than comprehensive primary health care for the poorer and rural population.

Keywords: health systems, social insurance, coverage, efficiency, Arab countries, authoritarian regimes, funding

JEL Classification: D60; D72; D73; H41; H55; I10; I30

Suggested Citation

Loewe, Markus, Social Health Protection in Arab Countries (March 2, 2013). Schreiber, J., T. Eich, M. Clarke, eds., Conference Proceedings of the international Conference 'Health Related Issues and Islamic Normativity,' 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2355819

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