Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
MAYER-SERRA, Carlos Elizondo. The right to have health protection. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2007, vol.49, n.2, pp.144-155. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342007000200010.
This article intends to analyze how the health good or the right to have health protection should be distributed, following the definition established by the Mexican Constitution. This legal definition will be contrasted with the way in which the expenditure on health is actually distributed and financed, and the implications of this. The distribution of this expenditure, in turn, will be compared to another social good of great relevance: education, which consumes an even larger proportion of the national fiscal resources. Finally, the article will suggest a possible explanation for this fact and provide some ideas regarding its implications.
Keywords : expenditure; financing; law; health; Mexico.