Alternative Health Financing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Pablo Gottret, Senior Health Economist, World Bank;
Marty Makinen, Vice-President, International Health, Abt Associates; and
Hugh Waters, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Due to the generally unpredictable nature of illness and the burden of high health care costs, risk-pooling is beneficial to cover the needs of those who become ill. It allows populations to make contributions to a central fund in times of good health and/or relative resource abundance in order to cover the health needs of the community-whether that entails preventive medicine, maternal healthcare, sick visits, or catastrophic coverage. Ideally, these central pools would finance services for the poorest and provide the entire group with financial protection and improved health care. However, many different health financing schemes have been used in developing countries, with varying degrees of success. Join us for a discussion of health financing in low- and middle-income countries with Pablo Gottret, senior economist for health in the Human Development Network at the World Bank, Marty Makinen, fellow and vice president of international health practice at Abt Associates, and Hugh Waters, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gottret will present an overview of small- and large-scale health financing schemes, while Makinen will address African systems and Waters will examine Latin American systems.