Household Wellbeing and Health in Two Types of Welfare Regimes - A Comparison of (Lower-) Middle Income Households in Chile and Costa Rica

Chile and Costa Rica’s health care systems fare well regarding health indicators. They vary corresponding to their welfare regimes: liberal-informal and social-democratic-informal. We compare how households in precarious prosperity, which are particularly dependent on institutional arrangements, deal with health. We ask: to what extent do health care systems, visible in household strategies, affect wellbeing; do health problems spill over to other life domains? Data consist of qualitative interviews with the same households in 2008, 2009...
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