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An assessment of financial catastrophe and impoverishment from out-of-pocket (OOP) health care payments in Swaziland - P4H Network

An assessment of financial catastrophe and impoverishment from out-of-pocket (OOP) health care payments in Swaziland

Financial health protection is one of the priority areas in the move towards universal health coverage (UHC) (WHO, 2010).  As the drive towards UHC is gaining momentum globally, the need for assessing levels of financial health protection in countries, particularity in low and middle-income countries, has increasingly become important. In Swaziland, the level of financial health protection was not clearly understood. In this peer reviewed paper, the authors provide for the first time in Swaziland, a comprehensive evidence of the extent and nature of financial protection in health to guide health financing policy. Specifically, they assessed the extent of impoverishment and financial catastrophe resulting from paying OOP for health services in Swaziland.
 
The paper can be downloaded using the link below