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Community-based health insurance in low-income countries: a systematic review of the evidence.
  • B. Ekman
  • Business, Medicine
  • Health policy and planning
  • 1 September 2004
The main policy implication of the review is that these types of community financing arrangements are, at best, complementary to other more effective systems of health financing. Expand
Health insurance reform in Vietnam: a review of recent developments and future challenges.
The main lessons from the Vietnamese experiences are the need for sustained resource mobilization, comprehensive reform involving all functions of the health financing system, and to adopt a long-term view of health insurance reform. Expand
Health financing for the poor produces promising short-term effects on utilization and out-of-pocket expenditure: evidence from Vietnam
The results indicate that the Health Care Fund for the Poor is meeting its objectives of increasing utilization and reducing out-of-pocket expenditure for the program's target population, despite numerous administrative problems resulting in delayed and only partial implementation in most provinces. Expand
Catastrophic health payments and health insurance: some counterintuitive evidence from one low-income country.
  • B. Ekman
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Health policy
  • 1 October 2007
The key conclusion is that the true impact of health insurance is an empirical issue depending on several key context factors, including quality assurance and service provision oversight. Expand
The impact of health insurance on outpatient utilization and expenditure: evidence from one middle-income country using national household survey data
  • B. Ekman
  • Medicine
  • Health research policy and systems
  • 30 May 2007
Generally, insurance is found to increase the intensity of utilization and reduce out-of-pocket spending, while no general insurance effect on the probability of use is found, and the best performing programs are those to which the somewhat better off groups have access. Expand
Republic of Iraq - Public expenditure review : toward more efficient spending for better service delivery
The report is organized as follows. Chapter one sets out the strategic context for Iraq, including the evolving political situation, macroeconomic context, and poverty and social conditions. ChapterExpand
Integrating health interventions for women, newborn babies, and children: a framework for action
If packages for maternal, newborn and child health care can be integrated within a gradually strengthened primary health-care system, continuity of care will be improved, including access to basic referral care before and during pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, and throughout childhood. Expand
Inequalities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Vietnam: a retrospective study of survey data for 1997–2006
Persistent inequalities suggest the need to address financial and other access barriers and investments in health facilities and human resources, particularly in areas that are disproportionately inhabited by the poor and ethnic minorities, may contribute to reducing inequalities. Expand
Hospital Contracting Reforms: The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health Experience
This article shares one experience of how to introduce a merit-based system to face the common practice of political clientelism and confessional/religious-based favoritism in Lebanon and highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement in a framework of networking and participatory governance that proved to be a key element behind the resilience of a diversified health system. Expand
Does duration on antiretroviral therapy determine health-related quality of life in people living with HIV? A cross-sectional study in a regional referral hospital in Kenya.
Patients on ART for a relatively longer duration reported poorer HRQoL at the study facility independent of the effect of other therapy-related, clinical, and sociodemographic factors, which may have negative repercussions on the substantial gains made against the HIV scourge. Expand