Community of Practice Health Care Financing Asia


Community of Practice Health Care Financing Asia

This is the discussion group of the Community of Practice Health Care Financing in Asia. Everyone holding knowledge on health care financing & universal coverage in Asia is welcome: practitioners, policy makers, scholars, students, consultants and of course field practitioners designing innovative schemes.


Bruno Meessen, Raoul Bermejo, Por Ir, Peter Annear & Piya Hanvoravongchai




Website: http://HCF.HealthSpace.Asia
Location: Asia
Members: 56
Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2017

Dear everyone,


I have attached the concept note we wrote one year ago to present the Community of Practice strategy. This collaborative project is now in its development stage. Everything is opened to discussion: the domain of knowledge (health care financing in large or result-based financing only?), the geographical coverage...

There is also a concept note describing the objectives, format and so on of the Phnom Penh Forum. It will be shared on this forum very soon.





Discussion Forum

Consultancy opportunity for ADB in Bhutan - health financing sustainability

Started by HealthSpace.Asia Aug 14, 2017. 0 Replies

The Consultant will assist in design and development of policy actions related to Bhutan’s health sector financial sustainability (Output 3), including related reviews and assessments. Policy development for sustainable health financing will be indicatively supported through program actions for (i) increased role of new health financing sources, and (ii) improved capitalization, investment, and management of the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF). Detailed Tasks and/or Expected OutputThe…Continue

Tags: consultancy, ADB, Bhutan, financing, health

WHO looking for Short Term Consultant on Health Financing in Lao PDR

Started by Piya Hanvoravongchai Apr 6, 2015. 0 Replies

Deadline 10 AprilThe short term consultant will provide overall technical assistance and support in the everyday coordination of all matters related to the Health Financing Unit and the broader HSD programme in Lao PDR. More specifically, the short term consultant post will work as part of the Health Financing Unit (HF) under the supervision of the team leader health systems. The incumbent will provide high level technical assistance to the Lao Government on health financing policy as well as…Continue

Jakartans cautiously check out free city healthcare services

Started by HealthSpace.Asia Nov 22, 2012. 0 Replies

The Jakarta Post : Wed, November 21 2012Mustaqim, 44, was waiting for his turn to be examined at the Tebet community health center (puskesmas) in South Jakarta over the weekend. “My eyes hurt and I’ve come to get them checked,” he told The Jakarta Post while taking off his sunglasses to show his sore eyes. The resident of Manggarai Utara said it was nothing serious “but I caught the flu as well”, trying to be as convincing as possible about his poor health.The real reason for his visit to the…Continue

Tags: Healthcare Services, Jakarta

Sin tax for Universal Coverage: Philippines Senate passes Sin Tax bill

Started by Piya Hanvoravongchai Nov 21, 2012. 0 Replies

Thanks Renzo for sharing this news. As Raoul wrote in his blog earlier, it is not easy to find funding source for UHC and it may be the EU who is a major obstacle to Philippines' aspiration towards…Continue

Tags: Philippines, UHC, space, fiscal, alcholol

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Comment by Caitlin Grover on September 20, 2012 at 7:58am

Integrating social health protection schemes is widely recognised as an integral step on the path towards universal health coverage. There are, however, certain barriers to achieving this. 

This policy brief highlights the barriers, as well as possibly policy solutions, so that partners in Cambodia and Laos in particular can make significant in-roads to achieving health equity. 

Please feel free to forward the brief to others whose work it may be relevant to.

Comment by Christine Ortiz on June 20, 2012 at 4:59pm

June 18, 2012


New Tool Provides First Comprehensive Look at Health Insurance Programs for Low-Income Families in Developing Countries

Searchable Database Offers Comparisons of Premiums, Benefits, Coverage, and Lessons


BETHESDA, MD — A new resource captures more than 100 health insurance programs designed for low-income populations in developing countries —an important milestone in developing a comprehensive database of this emerging industry. The resource is made available by Abt Associates and the Health Working Group of the Microinsurance Network in close collaboration with the International Labour Organization’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility, Results for Development, and Denis Garand and Associates.


Today, tens of millions of low-income people have access to health insurance coverage—an impressive number, but only a very small proportion of the potential market. As the number of programs continues to grow, so does the volume of lessons learned on the design, administration and delivery of health insurance products and services for low-income households in developing countries. The Microinsurance Network Health Working Group’s Inventory of Health Insurance Products and Lessons Learned brings that knowledge together in one place.  The Inventory offers snapshot profiles of health insurance products in more than 40 developing countries. Emerging lessons from the database include the successes and failures of these programs to reach poor households, price their products for the low-income market, provide value to their clients and achieve long-term viability.


This searchable database, which is available to the public, is hosted by the ILO’s Microinsurance Innovation Facility at and the Center for Health Market Innovations, a public web platform managed by Results for Development at The database includes information on each health insurance product, as well as emerging lessons extracted from academic journals, publications from industry leaders, and submissions from practitioners.


“This will be a valuable resource for the field of health insurance aimed at low-income families. It not only provides a comprehensive overview of such programs, but it will be a living document, updated as new research becomes available,” said Thierry van Bastelaer, Principal Associate at Abt Associates and facilitator of the Network’s Health Working Group.


The health insurance products featured in the database utilize the same principles as conventional insurance, but are tailored to meet the needs of low-income households in developing countries that may be excluded from any national formal sector insurance programs or unable to afford conventional health insurance. 


Comment by Christine Ortiz on June 20, 2012 at 4:58pm


Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2011 and also named one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries.


The Microinsurance Network is a global multi-stakeholder platform for individuals and organizations involved in microinsurance. Its mission is to promote the development of good-value insurance services for people on low-income by providing a platform for information sharing and stakeholder coordination.


The Network’s Health Working Group brings together practitioners, insurers, and academics involved in the design and implementation of pooling products that increase low-income families’ financial access to health care.


The International Labour Organization through its Microinsurance Innovation Facility seeks to increase the availability of quality insurance for the developing world’s low income families to help them guard against risk and overcome poverty. The Facility was launched in 2008 with the support of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) promotes policies and practices that improve privately delivered health care for the poor in low- and middle- income countries. Operated through a global network of partners since 2010, CHMI is managed by the Results for Development Institute. Details on more than 1000 innovative health enterprises, nonprofits, and policies can be found online at


Denis Garand and Associates is an actuarial firm with the mission to provide clear advice on viability of microinsurance based on sound insurance management skills. They have worked with microinsurance since 2001 in over 30 countries.

Comment by Caitlin Grover on May 28, 2012 at 1:54pm


Congratulations to all who attended the regional health care financing forum in Phnom Penh. It was a great opportunity to share experience and knowledge on universal health coverage mechanisms.

Cambodia forum follow-up reportSee attached report for further information. 

Comment by Piya Hanvoravongchai on April 9, 2012 at 10:05am

Thank you Por for more info on the Regional Forum on Health Care Financing in Phnom Penh! I will be there.

Comment by Por Ir on April 4, 2012 at 4:00pm

Hi Friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the organizer, I would like to share with you our concept note on "Regional Forum on Health Care Financing" to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 2-4 May 2012. The tentative agenda of the three days is also included. Hope to see you all there. Por Regional%20Forum%20on%20Health%20Care%20Financing-2-4%20May%20Phnom...

Comment by Maryam Bigdeli on March 21, 2012 at 6:39pm

We may soon be able to share the agenda of the forum in Phnom Penh. Dedicated people are still working on it quite intensively. Pity they haven't joined this group yet but we'll try to bridge the gap.

Comment by Jeremy Lim on February 11, 2012 at 11:06am
Think this is a great idea. Lots of learning across countries especially with so many in Southeast Asia 'in transition'. Agree with Piya on a sharper geographic focus at least initially. Would suggest embedding this within the larger HealthSpace Asia platform since it is already up and running. A sponsor for the May activity planned would be useful at least to defray venue costs, meals and accommodation.
Comment by Piya Hanvoravongchai on February 9, 2012 at 10:31pm

Thanks for sharing the CoP concept note. Very interesting and useful points.I am for a broader scope of health care financing in Asia if we would like to see more learning and sharing across countries. I agree with the geographical coverage you propose in the file (EAP & SA) but may initially focus on ASEAN+3 if you will first launch in Phnom Penh? Look forward to reading the concept note of the Phnom Penh Forum from you here. 

Comment by Bruno Meessen on January 25, 2012 at 3:37pm

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