Eliminating Economic Barriers in Health Care: the Mexico City Government’s Experience

  • Asa Cristina Laurell
  • Eduardo Zepeda
  • Luisa Mussot
Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)

Abstract

Assuring universal access to comprehensive health care in highly unequal societies with partially commercialized health systems is difficult. However, the Mexico City government’s social programmes implemented since December 2000, aimed at ensuring adequate access to health care and food support for the elderly, provide one example of what is possible. We describe and evaluate these policies which are based on the principle of health as a social right and on public provision of health care, and represent a sharp break from previous Mexican pro-market, small-scale and tightly targeted programmes.

Keywords

Income Assure Expense Stake Berman 

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© United Nations Research Institute for Social Development 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asa Cristina Laurell
  • Eduardo Zepeda
  • Luisa Mussot

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