Healthcare (Parallel Session)

Aiming for solidarity in sharing the costs of healthcare

Chile has a dual healthcare system: There is a private sector, economically strong but with a small number of contributors and a public sector that covers 68% of the Chilean population, but has a small amount of resources. The Netherlands, in turn, has a unified healthcare system based on quality, affordability and accessibility for the whole population. It is a so-called Bismarckian system based on the principle of solidarity through social insurances.

The speakers in this session will discuss the history and the principles of each healthcare system, focusing on measures to finance healthcare and share costs. The Dutch insurance model based on solidarity between the rich and poor, healthy and unhealthy, young and old, might provide insights for a Chilean healthcare system in which the costs of healthcare are shared and fairly distributed among the population.

The aim for this session is to compare two alternative healthcare systems, their weaknesses and strengths, and build on that comparison to advance concrete actions that can improve the current Chilean financing model for healthcare.

Parallel Sessions