Individuals face poverty in trying to meet the high costs of health care, WHO reports

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:119
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. Washington, DC

    Unaffordable payments for health care imperil at least 150 million people a year throughout the world, pushing at least 100 million of them into poverty, concludes an analysis conducted by the World Health Organization.

    Prepayment mechanisms, as opposed to out of pocket spending, are an important way to reduce this impoverishment, said Phillip Musgrove, one of the authors of the analysis, at a news conference held in Washington, DC, this week.

    The meta-analysis, to be published in the July and August edition of Health Affairs, was based on 116 surveys conducted in 89 countries and covering 89% of the world's population. When the researchers grouped the data …

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