Healthcare Spending in Indonesia

A recent J Health Econ paper describes the changes to the system of public health financing in Indonesia.  Today, I review this article. Public Health Expenditures in Indonesia In the Suharto Regime, district health offices implemented centrally determined policies, and “a large network of public health clinics (puskesmas) was set up to deliver primary outpatient…

Good News in the Fight Against HIV

Almost one in five South Africans have HIV.  South Africa is the country with the most individuals living with HIV (5.6 million); it also has the most HIV deaths annually (310,000). Despite these grim facts, there is some good news.  The Economist reports: “Although the number of South Africans living with the disease continues to…

International Healthcare Models: Germany

Here is my previous review of the German healthcare system.  Below is the some additional information on medical care in France based on the book by William Roth. Funding and Insurance An individual joins a sickness funds to receive medical coverage.  The sickness funds cover 90% of the population and the remaining 10% uses private insurance.…

International Healthcare Models: France

Here is my previous review of the French healthcare system.  Below is the some additional information on medical care in France based on the book by William Roth. Physicians: Physicians generally work out of their own practices rather than in health centers. Physicians choose whether to work in the private sector or public sector.  They…

International Healthcare Models: Canada

Here is my previous review of the Canadian system.  Below, I will include additional information on healthcare in Canada based on the book by William Roth. Insurance Government-funded insurance covers the majority of Canadians. Private insurance was recently made legal in Canada, but private insurance is still held by a very small proportion of the…