Pathways to universal coverage
Monday 27 May 2013
IB11Lessons learned from Thailand’s universal health care scheme: Institutional and organisational arrangements
Thailand is well known as a middle-income country that has made remarkable progress in establishing universal health coverage. A process of development that began in the 1960s has in recent years culminated in institutional arrangements that provide the Thai population with affordable access to health services (up to 98% of the population covered by 2002). This Issues Brief describes the institutional and organizational arrangements of the Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) managed by the National Health Security Office (NHSO). The UCS now covers three-quarters of the population, including the large informal sector. The UCS together with the Civil Servants Medical Benefit Scheme (CSMBS) and the Social Security Scheme (SSS)
Tuesday 09 April 2013
Despite a vast network of health facilities and one of the region’s highest densities of medical personnel, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continues to suffer from one of the most overwhelmed and poorly funded health systems in the world. Decades of political isolation, economic stagnation, droughts and famines and a chronic conflict situation have exerted a heavy toll on the functioning of the country’s public health services.
Monday 08 April 2013
With the growing relaxation of political conditions in Myanmar, many communities—some for the first time—can look forward to the prospect of free, life-saving primary health care. After two decades of very low public spending on health, the challenges for universal coverage remain enormous. Many remote populations are entirely cut off from health services; rates of tuberculosis, malaria and maternal and child mortality are among the highest in Asia;
Thursday 20 December 2012
How did Thailand achieve universal health coverage and what lessons can be drawn by countries in similar circumstances?
Friday 17 August 2012
WP19Institutional and operational barriers to strengthening universal coverage in the Lao PDR: barriers and policy options
The Lao PDR is committed to achieving a form of universal health coverage by 2020. A key step towards universal coverage is integration of the existing social health protection schemes.
- Global symposium on health systems research - Beijing, October
- Health System Reform in Asia - Hong Kong, December 2011
- Indonesian Medical Professional Association study visit - October 2011
- Technical Review meeting - October 2011
- Visit by Barbara McPake - October 2011