Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
GUERRERO, Ramiro; GALLEGO, Ana Isabel; BECERRIL-MONTEKIO, Victor and VASQUEZ, Johanna. The health system of Colombia. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp.s144-s155. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800010.
This document briefly describes the health conditions of the Colombian population and, in more detail, the characteristics of the Colombian health system. The description of the system includes its structure and coverage; financing sources; expenditure in health; physical material and human resources available; monitoring and evaluation procedures; and mechanisms through which the population participates in the evaluation of the system. Salient among the most recent innovations implemented in the Colombian health system are the modification of the Compulsory Health Plan and the capitation payment unit, the vertical integration of the health promotion enterprises and the institutions in charge of the provision of services and the mobilization of additional resources to meet the objectives of universal coverage and the homologation of health benefits among health regimes.
Keywords : health system; social security; Colombia.