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Can earmarking mobilize funds for the health sector?

By Danielle Bloom
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What do we really know about earmarking for health? There are many arguments for and against earmarking, but most often, these arguments are grounded in theory rather than practical experience. While more than 80 countries earmark for health, very little empirical evidence has been collected and applied to the debate.|…[ Read More ]

Four countries pilot the UHC PHC Self-Assessment Tool

By Cynthia Charchi and Nathan Blanchet
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Country representatives from Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia have successfully piloted the UHC Primary Health Care Self-Assessment Tool to assess whether their health financing approaches are well-aligned with their primary health care (PHC) service delivery goals. The Tool, which was collaboratively designed with input from 50 representatives from JLN member…[ Read More ]

5 reasons to invest in strong primary health care systems

By Nkem Wellington
June 23, 2016
Over the last five decades, we’ve seen great improvements in the health of populations worldwide. Yet, too many people still die from causes that are largely preventable when people have access to high quality primary health care services. As countries move toward universal health coverage over the coming decade, the…[ Read More ]

Universal Health Coverage: Protecting the Most Vulnerable

By Doug Trapp and Megan Meline, Abt Associates
June 13, 2016
This blog was originally posted on Abt Associates. View the original here.  ----- With the passage of the new Sustainable Developments Goals, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is quickly becoming the new North Star guiding global health development. UHC means everyone can get quality, affordable health care, even those who are…[ Read More ]

How the Tamil Nadu Health System was transformed to a paperless health system in just 10 years

By Ramesh Govindaraj
June 7, 2016
This blog post was originally posted to the World Bank blog.  ---- Globally, the demand for timely and accurate health information is growing, driven mainly by an increased focus on strategic resource allocation and priority setting, as well as the availability of technology. However, in real life, setting up a…[ Read More ]
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Site visit to Coast Provincial General Hospital

By Meredith Kimball
August 15, 2011
At the Mombasa workshop on expanding coverage, participants had the opportunity to participate in four site visits of Kenyan medical facilities, including one private and one public facility. Having flown in from 12 different countries, participants from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Mali, Bangladesh,Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Rwanda,Thailand and Cambodia joined our Kenyan hosts in Mombasa for a week of learning and exchanging…

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Working with Nigerian policymakers to share lessons on national health insurance

By Nkem Wellington
August 10, 2011
Health Systems 20/20 features Health economist Dr. Hong Wang and the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN)  workshop "Expanding Coverage to the Informal Sector" held in Mombasa, Kenya in June 2011. Health economist Dr. Hong Wang did not come to the“Expanding Coverage to the Informal Sector” workshop to share a chapter from…

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Information Technology as a tool for health insurance schemes

By Kate Wilson
August 5, 2011
Information technology (IT) represents an important tool in running an effective health insurance scheme. Information systems play an important role in: Enabling the identification and enrollment of under-served populations Facilitating the accurate and efficient processing of claims, benefiting governments and care providers alike Harnessing data to improve the long-term policies…

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Leveraging the power of purchasing organizations to improve quality

By Pierre Barker
August 4, 2011
With the idea first seeded at the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) workshop in Manesar, India in February 2010, and formally introduced at the recent workshop in Mombasa on Expanding Coverage to the Informal Sector, the JLN is excited to move forward with plans for a technical track…

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Maximizing cross country learning through interaction: Designing the Expanding Coverage Workshop

By Ritu Shroff
July 8, 2011
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) frequently uses workshops, often topically focused, for its member countries to exchange and share experiences, and reflect on effective practices and approaches that they can apply in their own settings. Early this year, the JLN Network Coordinator contacted me to seek guidance on the June…

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‘No way’ - Finance minister rejects calls for scrapping free health care

By Daraine Luton, Jamaica Gleaner
March 22, 2015
Free health care and free tuition at the secondary school level will not be victims of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-backed economic reform programme, even as the Government indicates a rough road ahead as it seeks to meet crucial fiscal benchmarks, including a primary surplus target of 7.5 per cent…

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State health scheme merger with national plan likely

By Times of India
March 20, 2015
There are indications that the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojna (RGJAY) of state may be merged with the national scheme Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY). This is expected to solve the issue of insurance for the unorganized labour. The change may take another 6-8 months and it will basically convert…

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Health insurance revamp to benefit low-income bracket

By Korea Herald
March 20, 2015
Policymakers and ruling party lawmakers agreed to minimize the possibly growing burden of low-income households in the coming overhaul of the national health insurance system.  During their meeting on Friday, the relevant ministries and the Saenuri Party said they would seek protective measures for low-income earners by setting a reasonable…

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Nigerians Pay N2.8trn For Healthcare

By Leadership
March 20, 2015
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has disclosed that Nigerians spend N2.8trillion on healthcare. Speaking on Monday during an NHIS stakeholders’ consultative forum, the executive secretary of the scheme, Dr Femi Thomas, said the spending is unwise as the actual budget to achieve universal health coverage in Nigeria is N1.93trillion.…

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Ghana’s democracy is driving great progress in health and education

By The Guardian
March 20, 2015
Can democracy lead to development, or is it the other way around? The question remains far from settled, and the stakes have never been higher. Most countries today are formal democracies; two out of every three people live in such countries. Yet, there is growing disillusionment about the way democracy works, and concerns about…

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