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Event Today: Alternative Health Financing

I attended a very interesting event yesterday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on nanotechnology and global health. I will blog on that later this week/weekend. Today they have another event that might be of interest to those in the DC area. They also have a free live webcast (that can also be viewed later):

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February 28 2007, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (FREE)
Alternative Health Financing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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.

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Written by Aman

February 28, 2007 at 6:52 am

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