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Financing health care in East Asia and the Pacific : best practices and remaining challenges
 
Author:Langenbrunner, John C.; Somanathan, Aparnaa; Collection Title:Directions in development ; human development
Country:East Asia and Pacific; Date Stored:2011/07/14
Document Date:2011/06/16Document Type:Publication
SubTopics:Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Systems Development & Reform; Health Economics & Finance; Population Policies; Public Sector EconomicsISBN:978-0-8213-8682-8
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Health and other social services
Rel. Proj ID:4E-Evidence For Disease Control -- -- P106401;Region:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:63260Sub Sectors:Health
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This is an exciting time in East Asia and the Pacific region. No region will appear to be moving so rapidly. In this dynamic environment, many countries in the region have been approaching the World Bank requesting technical assistance and knowledge about health financing best practices and options. There is great interest in expanding knowledge sharing and learning from other East Asian and Pacific countries about their experiences in health financing. Moreover, some common issues appear to be emerging: universal insurance, options for financing health insurance, institutional setups of health financing options, provider payment mechanisms, equity considerations, ways to reach the poor and impoverished, and ways to meet the challenges of a changing demographics and epidemiologic profile. Under a generous grant from the Health, Nutrition, and population hub in the World Bank in fiscal year 2008, the region was requested to provide an overview of health financing systems in the region. This overview examined the different health financing mechanisms in terms of performance on dimensions of efficiency and equity and in terms of relative roles of government. In addition, the analysis was to identify, gaps in knowledge needing to be addressed strengthen and reform existing health financing mechanisms and thereby expand health coverage and benefits.

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