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The World Health Report 2000, Health Systems: Improving Performance

This report breaks new ground in the way that it helps us understand the goals of health systems. Clearly, their defining purpose is to improve and protect health – but they have other intrinsic goals. These are concerned with fairness in the way people pay for health care, and with


The World Health Report 1995: Bridging the gaps

The 1995 World Health Report exposes the stark and often shocking inequities in health and in access to even basic health care. The report exposes these gaps -- and advocates ways in which the can be bridged -- in a form that has not been attempted before. Most of all, it


Social Health Insurance: A Guidebook for Planning

This guidebook is designed to be used by countries that are considering the introduction of social health insurance for health care, as a replacement for or to supplement existing funding. The first social health insurance system was established in Germany over 100 years ago. Since then, other approaches to financing universal