Health financing for universal coverage

A National Social Health Insurance Plan for Argentina: Simulating its financial feasibility

Discussion Paper 04/2010

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 51
Publication date: 2010
Languages: EN
WHO reference number: HSS/HSF/DP.E.10.4



In Argentina, as in many other middle-income countries, financial protection for health continues to be far from universal and large parts of the population are excluded from well-developed prepayment schemes. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the Argentine health financing subsystems in more detail, focusing on their structure and their interrelationship. It also discusses how these relationships could be changed to enhance coverage, efficiency and quality of care.

The paper focuses not only on how to raise additional funds, but also on how those funds can be pooled to spread risk and used to purchase or provide health services. The starting point for analysing change in any country is the existing organization and institutional arrangements of its health system. An analysis of the current health financing system in Argentina, which leads to a baseline scenario is used as a baseline for contrast against alternative scenario simulations.