Health financing systems of low and middle income countries come under increasing pressure to support service expansions aimed at addressing healthcare needs and wants brought about by demographic and epidemiological transition. Underprivileged populations of low income countries often lack access to basic pharmaceuticals needed for primary care. In many instances public subsidies and income support have failed to be effective targeting mechanisms. In Afghanistan, 70% of healthcare is financed by out of pocket payments. The population has to incur expenses for pharmaceuticals at both public and private healthcare facilities.
What are the strategies available for policy makers of Afghanistan to reform pharmaceutical financing in order to achieve higher impact? Nimnathâ€™s presentation discusses strategic directions that policy makers can pursue.
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Nimnath Withanachchi, Consultant, Urban Health Sector Development Project Afghanistan, JICA
- Tuesday, 09 November 2010
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road