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Salud Pública de México

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ARAN, Daniel  and  LACA, Hernán. The health system of Uruguay. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp. s265-s274. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800021.

This paper describes the Uruguayan health system, including its structure and coverage, its financial sources, the level and distribution of its health expenditure, the physical, material and human resources available, its stewardship functions, the institutions in charge of information and research, and the level and type of citizen's participation in the operation and evaluation of the system. The most recent policy innovations are also discussed, including the creation of the National Comprehensive Health System, the National Health Insurance, the National Health Fund and the Comprehensive Health Care Program. Finally, the impact of these innovations in health expenditure, fairness of health financing, coverage levels and main health indicators is analyzed.

Keywords : health system; social security; Uruguay.

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