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Health care financing in Asia: key issues and challenges.
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PMID:  21984492     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This article examines the major elements of health care financing such as financial risk protection, resource generation, resource pooling, and purchasing and payment; provides key lessons; and discusses the challenges for health care financing systems of Asian countries. With the exception of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, most health care systems of Asia provide very limited financial risk protection. The role of public prepaid schemes such as tax and social health insurance is minimal, and out-of-pocket payment is a major source of financing. The large informal sector is a major challenge to the extension of population coverage in many low-income countries of Asia, which must seek the optimal mix of tax subsidy and health insurance for universal coverage. Implementation of effective payment systems to control the behavior of health care providers is also a key factor in the success of health care financing reform in Asia.
Authors:
Soonman Kwon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia-Pacific journal of public health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1941-2479     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Public Health     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708538     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Public Health     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  651-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
1Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.
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