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Reaching the poor with health care - filling the cracks in universal coverage (anglais)

Universal health care programs are typically created with the objective of improving access to care among the poor and addressing persistent inequalities. The experience of Brazil described here suggests it is possible to conclude that achieving equality in health outcomes requires complementing universal coverage care with other strategies geared at improving utilization of available services by the poor. Brazil is among the 12 countries in the world with the greatest income inequality. Inequality in health outcomes has been recognized as a leading health problem in the Americas. Brazil has undertaken a number of health initiatives geared at improving access to care among the poorest members of the society. These include: universal primary health care programs, targeting of specific health programs to the poor; programs that provide cash incentives/rewards to municipalities who provide care to the poorest families; and cash incentives to the poorest families of municipalities for the proper utilization of available heath and education public services.


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    Amérique latine et Caraïbes,

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    Reaching the poor with health care - filling the cracks in universal coverage

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