Different roads to ‘universal health’ in Latin America
Costa Rica’s public health care system remains relatively affordable and efficient
The Lancet "A new study by the Municipal Services Project compares health outcomes in Chile and Costa Rica, countries which have come to epitomise opposite approaches to ‘universal health’ in Latin America. Chile’s focus has been on insurance-based UHC while Costa Rica has built a single public health system. The research demonstrates widespread and consistent advantages for promoting universal health through a strong public system that funds and provides all medical and preventive services to citizens rather than through a fragmented public-private mix," writes Luis Ortiz Hernández on The Lancet's Global Health Blog.