This chapter includes the following articles.
In recent decades Colombia’s health sector has gone through substantial changes and improvements, shifting from being underdeveloped to one of the highest ranked in the region. The sector continues to struggle with structural issues related to liquidity. However, the government is hoping that a boost in general health spending and a targeted infusion of financing will help alleviate some of the financial pressure the system is experiencing. Meanwhile, efforts to universalise coverage and shift the focus of the system to the patient are expected to result in access and quality improvements. It remains to be seen over the long term what effect the 2015 health law will have on overall health outcomes, but improved indicators in recent years and increased funding are positive signs for the future.