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Costing Health Services in India – Incremental Steps Towards More Transparent Decision-Making

Jul. 10, 2020

With a population of 1.4 billion and very limited public funding for healthcare (1.29 percent of GDP), an important priority for India is ensuring equitable and cost-effective healthcare. To meet these priorities, in 2018, the Government of India launched the world’s largest publicly funded health insurance scheme (ABPM-JAY), which includes a greater role for India’s large and growing private healthcare …

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The Health Technology Assessment programme in India (HTAIn): two exciting developments

By Françoise Cluzeau Aug. 14, 2019

The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is proud to support India as it continues to make huge strides towards health priority setting.  iDSI has an ongoing technical assistance programme with the Government of India through the Department of Health Research (DHR) with a focus on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The Health Technology Assessment programme (HTAIn) which is funded by the …

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International Workshop on Using Evidence for Decision-Making in Health Benefits Package Design

By Laura Downey Feb. 27, 2019

iDSI co-hosts major event, bringing together policy-makers from six North Eastern Indian States As India moves towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), finding robust and evidence-based answers to the challenges of defining which services should be publicly funded, for whom and how, becomes increasingly important. The introduction of ‘Modicare’, the nascent health insurance scheme announced out by the Indian …

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Spotlight on: iDSI, Sida and CHAI session on health financing towards Universal Health Coverage at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Oct. 31, 2018

At this year’s Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, iDSI collaborated with Sida and CHAI for the first time on convening a well-attended satellite session dedicated to health financing towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – paving the way for more collaborations in future as we explore joint work across Sub Saharan Africa to support priority-setting for UHC. The session brought …

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A Policy Dialogue on Designing and Implementing a Health Services Package for South Africa – March 2017, South Africa

Kim Macquilkan, Tommy Wilkinson Dec. 11, 2017

The South African government’s vision for 2030 is to provide quality health care for all. In alignment with this vision, South Africa is on a path towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the National Department of Health (NDoH) released a White Paper in December 2015 on a National Health Insurance (NHI) for South Africa, subsequently updated in June 2017. In …

CGD blog highlights take home messages from the HBP workshop, March 2017

By Amanda Glassman Mar. 23, 2017

Following the recent iDSI International Seminar on Using Evidence for Decision-Making and Health Benefits Package Design (6-8 March 2017),  Amanda Glassman offers key take home messages for defining and updating health benefits packages for UHC in her recent CGD blog. Read the blog here. Seminar resources can be found here. The book What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health …

Combination of Policy Process and Technical Evidence: Setting Priority on Health Screening in Thailand

Karlena Luz Jan. 25, 2016

  More and more, private health care is promoting health checkups. The more tests the consumer takes the higher the costs are incurred. Nevertheless, expensive tests cannot guarantee better health outcomes. Evidence even suggests that some tests such as prosthetic-specific antigen tests have definite harms that outweigh the benefits due to over diagnosis and over treatment. Meanwhile, some countries allocate …

HTA Development in Vietnam

Apr. 11, 2015

Health Benefits package in Vietnam April 2015 NICE International coordinated two events in Hanoi on health benefits package design in partnership with the Health Strategy and Policy Institute and the Vietnamese Health Economics Association. A health benefits package is the range of technologies and services that are available at a free or subsidised rate to the insured population, and the …