Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
ACOSTA, Mónica; SAENZ, María del Rocío; GUTIERREZ, Blanca and BERMUDEZ, Juan Luis. The health system of El Salvador. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp. s188-s196. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800014.
This paper describes the health conditions in El Salvador and the main característics of the Salvadoran health system, including its structure and coverage, its financial sources, the physical, material and human resources available, the stewardship functions developed by the Ministry of Public Health, and the participation of health care users in the evaluation of the system. It also discusses the most recent policy innovations including the approval of the Law for the Creation of the National Health System, which intends to expand coverage, reduce health inequalities and improve the coordination of public health institutions.
Keywords : health system; social security; El Salvador.