Objective: To reflect on implications and challenges of various approaches
to measuring financial protection for chronic illness in low- and middle-income countries.
The Sustainable Development Goal 3, Target 8, aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all, including financial protection. Efforts to monitor financial protection use indicators of catastrophic spending and impoverishment that may not accurately reflect the economic burden experienced by households in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for those suffering from chronic illness. This webinar will present experiences and preliminary findings from i) implementing household pictorial expenditure diaries, alongside traditional household expenditure surveys, in a sample of people with chronic non-communicable diseases in Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe, ii) using an alternative measure of catastrophic spending to those in the SDGs, proposed by WHO Europe, in a survey of 18 countries at all levels of development and iii) conducting qualitative research on the impact of distress financing on households with chronic NCDs in Zimbabwe.
Friday, April 24, 2020 9:00 AM ET/3:00 PM CEST - check your timezone online here Assessing technical efficiency of health systems and programs: A discussion of traditional and new approaches Speakers: Cathy
Cantelmo; Arin Dutta; David Khaoya; Rebecca Ross
This webinar, presented by experts from Palladium, shall begin with a review of traditional methodologies to assess technical efficiency of health services, such as data envelopment analysis and stochastic distance function. The review will include a presentation of an analysis of efficiency in for-profit hospitals in Indonesia, as well as a discussion of limitations of such analyses. Palladium will then present two examples of new approaches to assessing technical efficiency that aim to overcome challenges in using technical efficiency analyses for programmatic and resource allocation decision-making. This includes a presentation of a new tool for assessing technical efficiency of family planning programs and a study conducted at the county-level in Kenya. The presentation shall conclude with applications of emerging approaches and the need for further research.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 8:00 AM ET - check your timezone online here Methods for incorporating equity into economic evaluation Speakers: Richard Cookson; Stéphane
Equity in health and healthcare is an area of growing global policy interest. Health economists are familiar with well-established economic evaluation methods that provide information about the efficiency of alternative healthcare and public health decisions in terms of aggregate costs and benefits. However, there is now a growing literature and interest in using the methods of economic evaluation to provide information about equity in the distribution of costs and benefits.
Our first webinar will provide an introduction to some of the key principles and methods of equity-informative health economic evaluation. We will then be running a second webinar to showcase some empirical applications to health policy in low and middle income countries.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 Economics of COVID-19: Exploring key issues of impact on the economy Speaker: Richard Smith Chair: Winnie Yip
Friday, November 29, 2019 Assessing country UHC performance relative to spending: a DEA investigation Speakers: Matthew Jowett, PhD. Senior Health Financing Specialist, Dept. Health Systems Governance & Financing, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland: Gabriela Flores, PhD. Health Economist, Economic Analysis and Evaluation (EAE), Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Friday, October 4, 2019 Assessing country progress in health financing: a qualitative approach Speakers: Matthew Jowet, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO - Geneva; Soonman Kwon, PhD, Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University
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Friday, September 27, 2019 Another take on the efficiency question? Wasteful spending on health -- insights from OECD countries Speaker: Agnès Couffinhal, PhD. Senior Economist, Health, Nutrition and Population division, The World Bank
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: theory and practice Speakers: Inke Mathauer; Gemini Mtei; Ahmed Khalifa, Elina Dale (click on the speakers name to access their presentation slides)
Friday, March 15, 2019 "If you don't manage your time, someone else will": Yes, but how? Speaker: Richard Smith, University of Exeter
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