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Workshop informs PhilHealth costing exercise

By Sinit Mehtsun and Ankita Panda
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As health care costs in many countries continue to rise rapidly, questions are beginning to emerge about how government health programs around the globe will generate sufficient revenue to sustain existing schemes. Even the United Kingdom, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is struggling under the weight of…[ Read More ]

Closing the primary health care measurement gap

By Chloe Lanzara and Meredith Kimball
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Editor's Note: Crossposted from the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative There is strong consensus among countries and partners that strengthening primary health care (PHC) is essential to achieve universal health coverage and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. However, to strengthen PHC systems countries must first understand what’s working, what’s not…[ Read More ]

Primary care: the first line of defense

By K. Srinath Reddy
May 2, 2016
This article originally appeared in The Hindu. A recent report of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Health has deplored the persistently low levels of funding for health over several years. It observed that funding that was held back could have been utilised to improve primary health services and improve India's lagging…[ Read More ]

New technical initiative builds health financing capacity

By Lydia Ndebele and Somil Nagpal
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With the changing landscape of health financing globally, there is a growing demand for practitioner to practitioner learning on what works, and what doesn’t in implementing health financing reforms.   Driven by member country demand, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) with technical and financial support from…[ Read More ]

Medical audits improve quality of care and lower costs in Korea

By Echo Collins Egan
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A medical audit system is a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change. Effective medical audit systems help countries improve their quality of health care.  With collaborative learning on everybody’s mind, representatives from…[ Read More ]
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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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Universal coverage ensuring value-for money in health care is key

By Francoise Cluzeau is a Senior Advisor for NICE International
July 4, 2011
At the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) workshop in Mombasa, Kenya we heard about many creative schemes targeting improved coverage of the informal sector - such as the establishment of the Mutuelles in Rwanda, theRajiv Aarogyasri Community Health Insurance Scheme in India, the national citizen ID number for universal coverage…

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Universal Health Coverage: What’s all the buzz about?

By Christina Synowiec
June 29, 2011
Universal Health Coverage. Still debated in the United States, the concept is taking off in countries fromSouth Africa to India to Indonesia. Even as I write this, governments around the world are in the midst of serious political and technical discussions on how to expand health coverage and, at the same time, move toward universal…

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Integrating social franchising and insurance

By Maria Belenky
June 20, 2011
The last decade has seen an important expansion of the social franchising model of service delivery, both in terms of the number of brands available and their geographic presence, as well as the scope of services offered. The 2011 Clinical Social Franchising Compendium identifies 50 franchises that are operating in 31 countries…

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Public-Private engagement for better health in Africa

By Gina Lagomarsino
June 9, 2011
Connor Spreng, an economist at the World Bank, moderated a session on the IFC flagship report "Healthy Partnerships: How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in Africa" at the JLN Mombasa Workshop. The Health Partnerships report was officially launched to a group of 200 health partners from…

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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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NHIS enrolls 7.2 million Nigerians

By News24 Nigeria
March 20, 2015
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas, says no fewer than 7.2 million Nigerians have enrolled into the various health schemes of the agency. Thomas said this on Wednesday in Enugu during NHIS special day programme at the ongoing 26th Enugu International Trade Fair.…

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Ghana is ‘rising star’: ODI’s proof

By CitiFM Online
March 19, 2015
A new report released by the Overseas Development Institute  has revealed that Ghanaians are becoming healthier, better educated, more politically enfranchised and freer to express their views than any other country in Africa. The report, titled “Ghana, the rising star,” attributed the developments in the country to the “robust and…

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Universal Health Insurance in India: A way to go forward

By Munish Raizada, Indian Express
March 17, 2015
Rudolf Virchow a German pathologist, public health activist and politician stated in 1849 that Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale. As we know now, health is not just about diagnosing ailments, hospitals and social services; it is an issue of…

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