Health, income and public institutions: Explaining Cuba and Costa Rica (2007)

The World Bank in 2004 sought to explain socialist Cuba’s success in public health, and juxtaposed Costa Rica as a contender for similar public health gains, through the orthodox model which stresses broad based growth , backed by increased private investment. However a unique public institution (the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social) for health and social security insurance better explains Costa Rica’s health advances, and its superior performance to some higher income Latin American countries such as Mexico and Argentina. Continue reading “Health, income and public institutions: Explaining Cuba and Costa Rica (2007)”