Extending the Risk Pool for Health in Developing Countries: The Challenges of Moving to General Tax Funding

15 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007

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Cristian C. Baeza

World Bank - Latin America and Caribbean Region

Truman G. Packard

World Bank - Europe and Central Asia Region; University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Abstract

Increasing participation in effective health risk-pooling arrangements in developing countries is an essential component of the package of policies designed to protect vulnerable households from the impoverishing consequences of health shocks. People who are poor, those at high risk and self-employed/informally employed workers are three groups that raise particular issues in the formulation of health risk-pooling policy. In this paper, policy options for extending risk-pooling in developing countries are discussed, with particular attention to the merits and disadvantages of overcoming the shortcomings of payroll-tax-financed insurance through a greater role for general tax financing in the health sector.

Suggested Citation

Baeza, Cristian C. and Packard, Truman G., Extending the Risk Pool for Health in Developing Countries: The Challenges of Moving to General Tax Funding. International Social Security Review, Vol. 60, Nos. 2-3, pp. 83-97, April-September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=996148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2007.00270.x

Cristian C. Baeza

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