Guatemala has limited coverage of pre-payment schemes for health and public provision of services faces major human resource, infrastructure, and financial limitations. As a result, out-of-pocket expenditure accounts for more than half of total health financing in Guatemala. To understand the effects of heavy reliance on out-of-pocket health expenditure, HP+ conducted an analysis of trends in catastrophic health expenditure in Guatemala between 2000 and 2014. This analysis quantifies the relative burden of such health expenditure on households and examines how it has changed during this timeframe. The results of the analysis also further highlight the limitations of Guatemala’s health sector, particularly the lack of access to affordable, high-quality services.
Health and Education Policy Plus. 2018. Tendencias en el gasto catastrófico en salud en Guatemala. Washington, DC: Palladium, Health and Education Policy Plus.
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