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Health care for all?
4/12/2002
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Health-care systems in the region differ greatly in their ability to respond to patients’ needs. In a 1999 survey by the World Health Organization (WHO), only Argentina, Uruguay and the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda ranked among the top 50 countries in the world, based on factors such as respect for patients’ dignity, autonomy and confidentiality, as well as promptness of attention, quality of basic amenities, access to social support networks during care and choice of care provider.

Bolivia and Haiti were among the lowest-ranking of the 167 countries rated.

The WHO also investigated marginalization of poor people, women, the elderly, and indigenous and other ethnic groups by health-care systems. In that ranking, only Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda ranked in the top 50. Guatemala, Peru and Honduras were among the lowest-ranking countries.

Responsiveness of health-care systems (1999)

 

Country

Responsiveness index*

Equality rating**

Argentina

5.93

NA

Uruguay

5.87

0.981

Chile

5.81

0.918

Antigua & B.

5.78

0.994

Mexico

5.66

0.909

Costa Rica

5.39

0.943

Ecuador

5.32

NA

Paraguay

5.12

0.871

Cuba

4.97

0.920

Honduras

4.82

0.800

Brazil

4.81

0.944

Nicaragua

4.75

0.860

Bolivia

4.58

NA

Haiti

4.46

NA

* Scale of one to 10. Of 167 countries surveyed, high score was 8.10 and low was 4.33.

** Scale of zero to one. Of 165 countries surveyed, high score was 1.000 and low was 0.796.

Source: World Health Organization

 


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