Purchasing the right mix of health care services is often a complex challenge for ministries of health.
At this year's UHC Financing Forum, an annual conference hosted by the World Bank and USAID, JLN country practitioners from Kenya, Malaysia and Mongolia will discuss how to get health purchasing right for primary health care systems.
Countries continue to grapple with how to design, implement and improve their primary health care systems, an integral avenue to providing essential health services.
Many countries working toward universal health coverage (UHC) have focused on insurable risks to achieve financial protection. However, countries increasingly recognize the importance of providing quality and cost-effective primary care services to achieve equity in citizen's access to quality health services. It is no small feat accomplish this while remaining within the health budget.
Making Smart Choices for Health Purchasing
The JLN's session will provide a space for policymakers and health care purchasers to meet country mentors with expertise on these topics. JLN country representatives will share resources and country examples on which health services to purchase, whom to purchase from – and how to pay for them.
These best practices originated from countries addressing their common challenges through the JLN's Primary Health Care and Provider Payment Mechanisms initiatives.
Sharing Resources for Health Purchasing
Dr. Kamaliah Noh from the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences of Malaysia will moderate the discussion. Her colleague, Dr. Rima Marhayu Abdul Rashid from the Family Health Development Division of the Ministry of Health will share JLN resources for engaging the private sector in primary health service delivery, particularly the Engaging the Private Sector in Primary Health Care Manual.
Dr. Ahmed Omar, a health policy specialist at the Ministry of Health in Kenya, will share the JLN framework for and countries' experiences in designing health benefits policies.
On the question of paying for health services, Tsolmongerel Tsilaajav, an independent health economist and former director of policy and planning at Mongolia's Ministry of Health will share lessons learned on financing and payment models for primary health care.
The session will open after brief remarks from the panelists for an interactive marketplace. Health care purchasers and other practitioners are invited to learn about the JLN's resources and speak with country representatives about their experiences.
April 19, 2018, 2pm-3:30pm
Columbia Room 11-12, Washington Hilton Hotel
UHC Financing Forum
*Attendees must be registered for the UHC Financing Forum to attend the session.