Presentation Title

Failure of the Peruvian Healthcare System: Economic Factors or Policy Inefficiency?

Faculty Mentor

Lia Roberts, Luiza Nogaj, Sylvine Deprele, Stephen Inrig

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 28

Session

Poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Peru’s decentralized healthcare system is inefficient and, as a result, has systematic and different effects on groups in society. Developing healthcare policies to insure the population for efficient and equitable healthcare is a process that is impacted by political and economic factors. Peru’s system leads to significant variation in quantity and quality of medical coverage and access. One’s ability to pay matters, and affects access and use of preventative measures and health outcomes. The impact of policy inefficiency in Peruvian healthcare system is under explored, as is the interactive effect of inefficiency and socioeconomic status on health outcomes. Researchers examining the system have failed to look at external economic factors and internal policy reasons for the system’s failures. Peru’s healthcare system is composed of the public sector, Seguro Intergral de Salud (SIS), while private sector options include ESSALUD, and a higher end option, Entidades Prestadoras de Salud (EPS). An analysis of Peruvian health data by province coupled with a qualitative analysis of 45 face-to-face interview respondents in the Cusco Province demonstrates the impact of the Peruvian healthcare system and economics status on both access and health outcomes. Further, policy analysis shows that external and internal health policy variation matters more than economic factors alone. Many observers have argued that the system in place is unable to provide adequate care for Peruvians; the hope is that the results presented here offer solutions.

Keywords: health policy, Latin America, Peru, healthcare

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Nov 18th, 10:00 AM Nov 18th, 11:00 AM

Failure of the Peruvian Healthcare System: Economic Factors or Policy Inefficiency?

BSC-Ursa Minor 28

Peru’s decentralized healthcare system is inefficient and, as a result, has systematic and different effects on groups in society. Developing healthcare policies to insure the population for efficient and equitable healthcare is a process that is impacted by political and economic factors. Peru’s system leads to significant variation in quantity and quality of medical coverage and access. One’s ability to pay matters, and affects access and use of preventative measures and health outcomes. The impact of policy inefficiency in Peruvian healthcare system is under explored, as is the interactive effect of inefficiency and socioeconomic status on health outcomes. Researchers examining the system have failed to look at external economic factors and internal policy reasons for the system’s failures. Peru’s healthcare system is composed of the public sector, Seguro Intergral de Salud (SIS), while private sector options include ESSALUD, and a higher end option, Entidades Prestadoras de Salud (EPS). An analysis of Peruvian health data by province coupled with a qualitative analysis of 45 face-to-face interview respondents in the Cusco Province demonstrates the impact of the Peruvian healthcare system and economics status on both access and health outcomes. Further, policy analysis shows that external and internal health policy variation matters more than economic factors alone. Many observers have argued that the system in place is unable to provide adequate care for Peruvians; the hope is that the results presented here offer solutions.

Keywords: health policy, Latin America, Peru, healthcare