Book — 1 online resource (xxi, 338 pages) : illustrations.
Section I: The changing international context
The double burden of disease in developing countries : the Mexican experience / Ctistina Gutiérrez-Delgado and Veronica Guajardo-Barrón
Protecting pro-poor health services during financial crises : lessons from experience / Pablo Gottret [and others]
Section II: Expanding coverage and its funding
The equity impact of the universal coverage policy : lessons from Thailand / Phusit Prakongsai, Supon Limwattananon and Viroj Tangcharoensathien
Social health insurance and labor market outcomes : evidence from central and eastern Europe, and central Asia / Adam Wagstaff and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra
Trust in the context of community-based health insurance schemes in Cambodia : villagers' trust in health insurers / Sachiko Ozawa and Damian G. Walker
Methodological challenges in evaluating health care financing equity in data-poor contexts : lessons from Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania / Josephine Borghi [and others]
Section III: Securing care
The role of risk equalization in moving from voluntary private health insurance to mandatory coverage : the experience in South Africa / Heather McLeod and Pieter Grobler
Purchasing health care in China : experiences, opportunities and challenges / Winnie Yip and Kara Hanson
Section IV: Modifying demand
The impact of Nepal's national incentive programme to promote safe delivery in the district of Makwanpur / T. Powell-Jackson [and others]
Service- and population-based exemptions : are these the way forward for equity and efficiency in health financing in low-income countries? / Sophie Witter
Section V: The universal integrated healthcare system
From scheme to system : social health insurance funds and the transformation of health financing in Kyrgyzstan and Moldova / Joseph Kutzin, Melitta Jakab and Sergey Shishkin
Reforming "developing" health systems : Tanzania, mexico and the United States / Dov Chernichovsky, Gabriel Martinez and Nelly Aguilera.
Low- and middle-income countries face major challenges to their health systems. These include a high burden of communicable disease and an emerging non-communicable disease burden. Coverage of effective services and interventions is inadequate and often constrained by funding availability. At the same time, the international financing environment is changing rapidly, with new funding streams becoming available in part as a response to the challenges of meeting the Millennium Development Goals. These countries have taken a diversity of approaches to health care financing policies and programs to face the old and emerging challenges. This is increasingly accompanied by conceptual and applied research which is contributing to our understanding of how different financing mechanisms can contribute to the overall objectives of a health care system. The goal of this volume is to assemble the best of this research and synthesize 'best practices' for the benefit of researchers, policy makers and high level administrators, dealing with all elements of health care financing and focusing on both middle- and low-income settings, to represent the experiences of all regions of the developing world.