What the Philippines can learn from other countries in financing catastrophic health expenditures
Cruz, Anna Mae Dela | December 2016
As efforts to pursue universal Healthcare are escalating, so is the demand for a deliberate, well-studied strategy for achieving it. The methods of high-performing countries around the globe provide a rich source of guidance. Based on the study “Around the globe: Financing catastrophic health expenditures in selected countries”, this Policy Note summarizes and synthesizes the strategies employed by three low to upper middle-income countries, namely, the Kyrgyz Republic, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, which have relatively successful health financing schemes. It also describes common themes that were observed in the strategies of the three countries, for the consideration of policymakers in crafting a strategy for the Philippines. The countries were selected based on income level, health outcomes, coverage outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and the availability of information on their health financing schemes. Each one has the best health outcomes within their income group in terms of infant mortality, maternal mortality, life expectancy, and immunization rates. Each one also has the best coverage outcomes within their income group, specifically in terms of the share of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures to total health expenditures. All three achieved a good level of performance while spending less for health per capita.
CitationCruz, Anna Mae Dela. 2016. What the Philippines can learn from other countries in financing catastrophic health expenditures. © Philippine Institute for Development Studies. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/9231.
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