Health financing for universal coverage

The Bolivian health system and its impact on health care use and financial risk protection

Discussion paper 7/2006


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 30
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: EIP/HSF/DP.06.7



One of the most important goals of a health system is to ensure that the population is provided with health services, and at the same time, protected from any financial burden due to health expenditures.

This paper explores the trend in health service utilization, out-of pocket payments, catastrophic expenditure and the socio-economic factors associated with them, particularly for the poor and non-poor, the young, the indigenous and the elder people.