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Health financing reforms in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh extended coverage to more than 70 million people living below the poverty line.
ACCESS Health International identifies good practices in health financing in low, middle, and high income countries. We work with public and private healthcare finance programs at both the state and national levels to speed the transition to universal health coverage. Many governments are currently reforming healthcare systems to provide universal coverage at an affordable cost. ACCESS Health provides research and advisory services to public and private healthcare providers to assist in the design and implementation of cost effective financing practices. We design and support practitioner to practitioner learning programs to support evidence based reforms.

The structure of healthcare finance directly influences the behavior of healthcare providers and the quality of outcomes. By supporting strategic health financing reforms and policy implementation, our work in health financing aligns financial and nonfinancial incentives to ensure high quality health services are affordable and available when needed. Our programs in healthcare finance within India are broad and deep, as are our relations with a group of African and Asian countries that share improvements in healthcare finance as part of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage.

Featured Projects

Projects

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Health Financing Support Program

    Health Financing Support Program

    The Health Financing Support Program aims to improve health outcomes by ensuring better use of public funds. We analyze data and communicate key research to help policymakers understand and implement options for health reforms in India and abroad.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Public Private Partnerships Project

    Public Private Partnerships Project

    The Public Private Partnerships Project nurtures a more effective and efficient healthcare system in India. The project works to establish dialogues and to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sectors through research, information sharing, and capacity building.

  • The Aarogyasri Evaluation

    The Aarogyasri Evaluation

    The Aarogyasri Evaluation studied the impact of the groundbreaking health financing program in Andhra Pradesh. The study focused on several outcomes: who is using the program, where users access healthcare, changes in how often they seek care and what type of care they seek, and how much they spend on care.

  • Toward Universal Hospital Coverage: The Aarogyasri Health Insurance Program of Andhra Pradesh

    Toward Universal Hospital Coverage: The Aarogyasri Health Insurance Program of Andhra Pradesh

    ACCESS Health is currently writing Toward Universal Hospital Coverage in India: The Aarogyasri Health Insurance Program of Andhra Pradesh, a book that describes the rapid transformation of the health system of Andhra Pradesh, a state in central India. The objective of the book is to provide an overview of practical experiences to guide those in Indian states and in other countries who wish to implement universal healthcare coverage insurance programs.

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ACCESS Health Philippines connects national policymakers, local governments, and healthcare providers to assist in providing universal health coverage.

The Philippine national government sponsors health insurance for those with low income through the National Health Insurance Program. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, PhilHealth, is a government owned corporation attached to the Department of Health that manages the National Health Insurance Program. The mandate of PhilHealth is to provide health insurance coverage to all Filipinos. Since inception, PhilHealth has continued to expand benefit packages to cover catastrophic health expenses and underserved populations. PhilHealth now works with both public and private providers to deliver key healthcare services. ACCESS Health Philippines works closely with PhilHealth to assist with the design of new programs, especially those directed to improve maternal child health and primary care. ACCESS Health also plans to support the implementation of national health programs in local government settings.

One of the main responsibilities of ACCESS Health in health financing in the Philippines is to facilitate interaction between policymakers and practitioners managing health financing reforms in the Philippines with those in other countries. ACCESS Health does this through the Joint Learning Network.

Projects

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

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Singapore ranks sixth in the world in health outcomes yet spends less on healthcare than any other high income country, measured both as a fraction of the GDP spent on health and as expenditure per person. ACCESS Health Singapore studies the health financing planning process and approach of the government in order to understand how Singapore pays for high quality healthcare at a cost the economy can afford. We also share this knowledge with other governments looking to design or reform their own health financing strategies.

Projects

  • Pioneering Elder Care

    Pioneering Elder Care

    ACCESS Health Singapore and ACCESS Health Sweden collaborated on a study of the Singapore elderly care system, one of six models used to guide the development of the Swedish elderly care provider payment system.

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From the Blog

Impact of Medical Audits Learnings on Nigeria’s Health System

This post was written by Dr. Uchenna E. Ewelike, Head of Standards and Quality Assurance (South-East Zone), National Health Insurance Scheme Nigeria. It originally appeared as part of the Joint Learning Network's monthly newsletter and blog.Background: Medical audit systems are crucial to quality improvement in patient care and systems efficiency. But many countries struggle...

Influencing Policy Development in the Philippines

ACCESS Health Philippines is an adviser to the Philippines Department of Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau and the Health Facility Development Bureau. The Philippines Department of Health formulates policies, sets standards, and defines rules and regulations for every health program and initiative implemented in the country.  These initiatives are supported by administrative orders, which serve as the basis for the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of these health programs. Through the years, there have been around two thousand administrative orders and sixteen...

India’s Fiscal Devolution and Impact on Healthcare

The health system in India is undergoing significant change, moving from a system that was heavily reliant on the central government to one that encourages decreased central control and increased decision making at the state level. The move to more decentralized operations is also accompanied by a significant increase in the transfer of untied tax funds from central to state governments. All this is consistent with a growing trend toward regional over pan Indian political power.These changes will have important implications for state governments and for citizens in each state who seek...
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