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Promoting Health Equity through Social Security Programs: The Implications of Chile’s Experience

Ricardo Bitrán, November 12, 1998

The seminar presentation and discussion examined the potential for providing subsidized health services to the poor through government-operated health insurance programs, by charging better-off program participants more than the cost of the services they receive and directing the surplus revenue toward the neediest. This possibility was explored by considering a study of the Chilean Government’s National Health Fund (known by its Spanish acronym, FONASA) that Ricardo Bitrán had undertaken.

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