Health financing for universal coverage

Health financing in Argentina: an empirical study of health care expenditure and utilization

Innovations in Health Financing: Working Paper Series, No. 8. Fundación Mexicana para la Salud / Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

Cavagnero E, Carrin G, Xu K, Aguilar-Rivera AM

Publication details

Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
ISBN: 968-5661-00-6



This paper explores that specific period of institutional changes in the health sector and its impact on health service utilization and catastrophic out-of-pocket payments resulting from the Argentine economic crisis in 1989, the beginning of the economic transformation in 1991 and increasing unemployment through the 1990s had an impact on the health care financing system, household wealth and probably on health care access.

The major sections of this document include 1) an overview of Argentina’s health financing system and sub-systems as it existed in the 1990s; 2) A conceptual framework, including a description of the variables and data sources as well as a descriptive analysis of the main variables; 3) An econometric analysis, including a discussion of the methodology and a study of the determinants of health services utilization and catastrophic payments are carried out; 4) Concluding remarks on the subject.