About the Collaborative
Many low- and middle-income countries are trying to develop better combinations of funding and payment mechanisms to support the primary health care (PHC) service package, create incentives for quality and efficiency across levels of care, contribute to equity and financial protection, and ultimately to improve population health. However, there is scarce international evidence on effective payment models for primary health care that help shift the balance of resources and services toward primary care and prevention to improve population health.
Many countries, including those in the Joint Learning Network have tried a wide range of approaches and models for PHC financing and payment. This experience, however, is rarely evaluated, often incompletely documented, and not easily accessible for peer countries to extract lessons.
The Learning Exchange on Financing and Payment Models for Primary Health Care is a facilitated learning exchange on PHC financing and payment for countries to share experience on the technical details, implementation challenges, and health system results of different models in different contexts. Participants in the exchange will gain a deeper understanding of how to better leverage financing and payment models for PHC to improve population health and financial protection in low- and middle-income countries through a combination of webinars and in-person meetings hosted by interested countries willing to share a deep study of their systems.
The lessons will be synthesized and translated into a global knowledge product that can be adapted and used by other countries facing similar challenges.
The Exchange is being launched by the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage Primary Health Care and Provider Payment Mechanisms techical initiatives, in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Facilitation of the Learning Exchange will be led by Results for Development Institute (R4D).