Strategic Purchasing for Universal Health Coverage: A Critical Assessment

Social Health Insurance Fund, Vietnam

by Hoang Thi Phuong and Tran Thi Mai Oanh
RESYST Research Brief, April 2016

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With universal health coverage included among the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, the issue of how to finance health for all remains at the centre of global policy debate. A core function of healthcare financing is purchasing – the process by which funds are paid to providers to deliver services. If designed and undertaken strategically, purchasing can promote quality, efficiency, equity and responsiveness in health service provision and, in doing so, facilitate progress towards universal health coverage.

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