Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
BERMUDEZ-MADRIZ, Juan Luis; SAENZ, María del Rocío; MUISER, Jorine and ACOSTA, Mónica. The health system of Honduras. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp. s209-s219. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800016.
This paper describes the health system of Honduras, including its challenges, structure coverage, sources of financing, resources and stewardship activities. This system counts with a public and a private sector. The public sector includes the Ministry of Health (MH) and the Honduran Social Security Institute (HSSI). The private sector is dominated by a set of providers offering services payed mostly out-of-pocket. The National Health Plan 2010-2014 includes a set of reforms oriented towards the creation of an integrated and plural system headed by the MH in its stewardship role. It also anticipates the creation of a public health insurance for the poor population and the transformation of the HSSI into a public insurance agency which contracts services for its affiliates with public and private providers under a family medicine model.
Keywords : health system; social security; Honduras.