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Health Care Systems in Developing and Transition Countries

The Role of Research Evidence Edited by Diana Pinto Masís, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine and Associate Researcher, Fedesarrollo, Bogotá, Colombia and Peter C. Smith, Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College Business School and Institute for Global Health, London, UK
Health policy is a central preoccupation of many, if not all, developing countries. This book presents a selection of ten studies that illustrate the powerful tool that carefully conducted research can offer policy-makers seeking to address common health policy issues. The studies included in this book illustrate the major gains to patients and citizens that can accrue from research efforts, stimulating research capacity in developing countries. Although many of the challenges confronting health systems are universal, it is often the case that research results derived from developing countries can be misleading when applied to the low or middle-income settings. This insightful book will be a valuable research tool for academics, researchers and policy-makers in economics and health.
Extent: 392 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 002 9
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Health policy is a central preoccupation of many, if not all, developing countries. This innovative book presents a selection of ten studies illustrating that carefully conducted research can address common health policy issues.

The studies included in this book exemplify the major gains to patients and citizens that can accrue from research efforts, stimulating research capacity in developing countries. Although many of the challenges confronting health systems are universal, it is often the case that research results derived from developed countries can be misleading when applied to low or middle-income settings. The authors also demonstrate the best examples of successful research on health policies and systems from diverse countries such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

This insightful book will be a valuable research tool for academics, researchers and policymakers in economics and health. International agencies interested in applied research in health policy and economics will also find it a stimulating read.
Contributors: H. Arreola-Ornelas, T. Begum, S. Chhuon, S.-Y. Chou, S. Galiani, P. Gertler, J. Hockenberry, L.B. Hor, D. Ibrahim, M. Jaramillo, F.M. Knaul, H.-M. Lien, J.-T. Liu, S.P. Ly, O. Méndez-Carniado, M. Miranda-Muñoz, V. Nkelzok, A.S. Oyekale, D. Pinto Masís, R.P. Rannan-Eliya, C. Sapelli, V. Saphonn, E. Schargrodsky, P.C. Smith, A. Somanathan, L. Squire
Contents:

Foreword
Lyn Squire

Introduction: Health System Performance, Finance and Design
Diana Pinto Masís and Peter C. Smith

PART I: HEALTH SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
1. Productivity Change in Health Services in Developing Countries: Some Empirical Estimates
Ravindra P. Rannan-Eliya

2. Health Sector Outcomes in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: A Tale of Two Countries
Aparnaa Somanathan, Ravindra P. Rannan-Eliya and Tahmina Begum

PART II: HEALTH SYSTEM FINANCING
3. Preventing Impoverishment, Promoting Equity and Protecting Households from Financial Crisis: Universal Health Insurance through Institutional Reform in Mexico
Felicia Marie Knaul, Héctor Arreola-Ornelas, Oscar Méndez-Carniado and Martha Miranda-Muñoz

4. Community Prepayment of Health Care and the Willingness to Pay: Evidence of Rural Households in the Central Cameroon
Joachim Nyemeck Binam, Diarra Ibrahim and Valère Nkelzok

5. Risk Segmentation, Moral Hazard and Equity in Chile’s Mandatory Health Insurance System
Claudio Sapelli

PART III: HEALTH SYSTEM DESIGN
6. The Impact of Public Health Insurance on Access and Equity: Peru’s Mother and Infant Insurance Program
Miguel Jaramillo

7. Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Hospital Competition and Cardiac Patients in Taiwan
Hsien-Ming Lien, Shin-Yi Chou, Jin-Tan Liu and Jason Hockenberry

8. Water for Life: The Impact of the Privatization of Water Services on Child Mortality
Sebastian Galiani, Paul Gertler and Ernesto Schargrodsky

PART IV: HIV/AIDS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
9. Antenatal Clinics, Patients and HIV Prevalence in Cambodia
Vonthanak Saphonn, Leng Bun Hor, Sun Penh Ly and Samrith Chhuon

10. Rural Household Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and Economic Efficiency in Southern Nigeria
A.S. Oyekale

Index