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Potential Role of Sehat Sahulat Program (SSP) in Reducing Catastrophic Health Expenditures: Suggestions and Way Forward

Shujaat Farooq () and Nabila Kunwal
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Nabila Kunwal: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

No 2022:58, PIDE Knowledge Brief from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Abstract: Out-of-pocket (OOP) payments are the major source of health financing in low-income countries [1], and particularly in South Asia, where on average 62 percent of the households finance from their own pockets. Public health expenditures of Pakistan are low – only 1.2 percent of GDP. As a result, the public health infrastructure is not sufficient to serve the entire population. As detailed in the 2017/2018 National Health Account report, 83 percent of the population has been using private health facilities due to lack of access and the treatment challenges quality at government hospitals.

Keywords: Potential Role; Sehat Sahulat Program; Health Expenditures (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2022
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