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LUCIO, Ruth; VILLACRES, Nilhda  and  HENRIQUEZ, Rodrigo. The health system of Ecuador. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp.s177-s187. ISSN 0036-3634.

This paper describes the health conditions in Ecuador and, in more detail, the characteristics of the Ecuadorian health system, including its structure and coverage, its financial sources, the physical, material and human resources available, and the stewardship activities developed by the Ministry of Public Health. It also describes the structure and content of its health information system, and the participation of citizens in the operation and evaluation of the health system. The paper ends with a discussion of the most recent policy innovations implemented in the Ecuadorian system, including the incorporation of a chapter on health into the new Constitution which recognizes the protection of health as a human right, and the construction of the Comprehensive Public Health Network.

Keywords : health system; social security; Ecuador.

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