January 29: Side Meeting
Private sector has played an important role in providing access to family planning, maternal and child health, and other primary health care services in many low- and middle-income countries. Increasingly, governments are recognizing the importance of working better with and leveraging the private sector to achieve its universal health coverage (UHC) goals. This session considers how the enabling environment for private sector contributes to “Accelerating progress towards Universal Health Coverage.” It will provide an interactive forum for participants to understand why and when private sector engagement is vital and strategic, and the different approaches to engage private health sector players in the development and implementation of policy and regulatory frameworks in support of UHC. It will use country examples to unpack the challenges, initial successes, as well as unintended consequences of UHC policies to harness the private sector.
Location: Lotus Suite 9
January 31: Poster Presentation
Expanding Social Health Protection in Cambodia: An Assessment of the Current Coverage Potential and Gaps, and Social Equity Considerations
The Royal Government of Cambodia recently launched its National Social Protection Policy Framework that includes expansion of health insurance schemes to achieve universal health coverage. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) project is supporting an evidence-to-action process to answer key questions and inform decision making on coverage expansion. We examined data from a 2016 Cambodia socioeconomic survey and administrative data from 2019 to assess the coverage potential of existing schemes, estimate gaps, and compare equitable contribution rates.
Presenter: Robert Kolesar
February 1: Parallel Session
As countries grow, external financing supporting key health programs often decline, prompting a greater need to transition these programs to domestic financing, service delivery and program management, and/or integrate them further into the health system. The session will provide an overview of health financing trends and the potential implications of donor transitions, both in terms of programmatic impact and sustained health gains. It will discuss the state of countries preparedness to successfully manage health financing transitions, while not only sustaining but also improving key universal health coverage (UHC) outcomes (and the key enabling factors that make it possible to do so). It will address the key investments and reforms that countries can make to build health financing and overall health system capacity, address inefficiencies and put their systems on a path that will enable them to better sustain UHC outcomes.
Location: Lotus Suite 5-7, FL. 22