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Implementing Universal Health Care (UHC) in the Philippines: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

02 August 2021

This piece originally appeared in P4H here. It was written by Christian Edward Nuevo, Maria Eufemia Yap, Matt Boxshall, and Nirmala Ravishankar.  Primary health care (PHC), first introduced through the Alma Ata Declaration of 1978, emphasizes that addressing health needs should be people-centered and multi-sectoral in approach. The recently passed Universal Health Care (UHC) Law […]

Policy and Implementation Insights on Provider Payment Reforms of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation

02 August 2021

This piece originally appeared in P4H here. It was written by Dredge, R., Nuevo, C. E., and Paterno, A. R. The Philippine Universal Health Care (UHC) Law of 2019 introduced system-level reforms on health financing, particularly for the provider payment mechanisms of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). PhilHealth is the implementer of the National Health […]

Five Take-Aways from the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Congress

20 July 2021

On July 15, the 2021 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Congress came to a close. After four busy days of health economists and health system leaders exchanging bold ideas, five ThinkWell attendees shared their main take-aways from the conference. Present & Future of Immunization Costing Laura Boonstoppel, Sr. Program Manager With vaccination on top of […]

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How we can make Kenya’s informal sector workers part of UHC?

12 July 2021

Article by Anne Musuva

This piece originally appeared in Nation here. It was written by Anne Musuva, ThinkWell’s country director for Kenya.  What you need to know: Currently, NHIF enrolment is mandatory among workers in the formal sector The informal sector employs over 80 per cent of Kenyans The Kenyan government has identified universal health coverage (UHC) as part […]

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Is Kenya’s National Hospital Insurance Fund Amendment Bill a Silver Bullet for Universal Health Coverage?

04 May 2021

Article by Anne Musuva

One of the proposals in the 2021 National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Amendment Bill stipulates that all Kenyans must be registered under NHIF in the new Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program. When this news broke in mid-February, the media balked. Much of the uproar was in response to mandatory NHIF enrollment. Many Kenyans believed that […]

Is Money Motivating More C-sections?

04 May 2020

“The cord might be around her neck, so we will need to schedule a C-section. How does next Wednesday sound?” My obstetrician smiled reassuringly. It was 1992 in Brazil. My first C-section. Not medically necessary I’ve come to learn. Brazil offers a cautionary tale of C-section rates over 50% of all births, well above the […]

Beware of the Success Cartel: A Plea for Rational Progress in Global Health

22 January 2019

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was originally published November 2018 in BMJ Global Health. By setting ambitious targets, the global health community has played a pivotal role in motivating the world to achieve remarkable improvements in health. Over 21 million additional lives were estimated to have been saved due to the accelerated progress promoted by the Millennium Development […]

International Development Doesn’t Care About Patient Privacy

21 March 2018

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on March 21, 2018. In 2013, in southern Mozambique, foreign NGO workers searched for a man whom the local health facility reported as diagnosed with HIV. The workers aimed to verify that the health facility did indeed diagnose and treat him. When they could not […]

Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Must Drive Health Systems Development

09 March 2018

Article by Yogesh Rajkotia

This editorial was published on Health Affairs Blog on March 9, 2018. For nearly two decades, donors, policy makers, and public health practitioners have lauded performance-based financing (PBF) as a solution to strengthen health services and accelerate progress toward reaching global health targets. PBF links health care provider payments to the achievement of predefined indicators […]

Arab Spring or More of the Same? Participatory Governance in Tunisia

10 September 2014

Tunisia’s revolution is often cited as the first in the series of regional uprisings known as the “Arab Spring.” Dissatisfaction with public services, oppressed civic engagement and structural inequalities served as the catalyst for a wave of civil protests and violent clashes throughout Tunisia. And with little opportunity to voice their discontent, Tunisians took to […]

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