Delivery of health services in Arab countries: a review
AbstractThis paper reviews the essential components of health care delivery systems in Arab countries and their development over the past 3 decades. The changes and challenges which evolved during the last half of the 20th century have had a significant impact on health systems and on health outcomes. An adequate network of hospitals and primary health care facilities has been established in most Arab countries of the Region. The increased participation of civil society has impacted positively on health systems. However, the main challenge is represented by the move towards market economies. In many developing economies, macroeconomic reforms have often necessitated cuts in public spending on social sectors. Cost-sharing policies have been implemented in order to compensate for diminishing government budgets allocated to health. However, this is not to minimize the enormous strides that have been made in all countries nor the important challenges that need to be addressed
Kronfol, N.M. (2012). Delivery of health services in Arab countries: a review. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118475
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (12), 1229-1238, 2012
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