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Challenging Inequities in HealthFrom Ethics to Action$
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Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas Bhuiya, and Meg Wirth

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.001.0001

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Health Care Financing: Assessing Its Relationship to Health Equity

Health Care Financing: Assessing Its Relationship to Health Equity

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(p.260) Chapter 18 Health Care Financing: Assessing Its Relationship to Health Equity
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Challenging Inequities in Health
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WILLIAM C. HSIAO

YUANLI LIU

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.003.0018

This chapter on health care financing introduces financing as one aspect of the health system that affects health equity. The configuration of financing, defined as both mobilization of financial resources and the allocation of those resources to the population, will affect health outcomes in two important ways. First, it determines, in part, the availability of health care and who has access to it. Second, it dictates the degree of financial protection offered against catastrophic costs of illness. It is argued that although financing issues often tend to dominate debates and prescriptions for health systems reform, methods of financing are but one aspect of a broad health system that involves institutions, policies, and human resources.

Keywords:   equity in health care, health care financing, resource allocation, financial resources

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