Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
MUISER, Jorine; SAENZ, María del Rocío and BERMUDEZ, Juan Luis. The health system of Nicaragua. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp. s233-s242. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800018.
This paper describes the health conditions in Nicaragua and discusses the characteristics of its national health system including its structure and coverage, its financial sources its physical, material and human resources the stewardship functions developed by the Ministry of Health the participation of citizens in the operation and evaluation of the system and the level of satisfaction of health care users. It also discusses the most recent policy innovations, including the new General Health Law, the decentralization of the regulation of health facilities and the design and implementation of a new health care model known as Family and Community Health Model.
Keywords : health system; social security; Nicaragua.