The World Bank has been making a strong push into the blogosphere lately. They – like most policy-oriented organizations – have recognized the power of social in influencing our understanding of important issues. The “Let’s Talk Development” blog is a favorite of mine. Among the contributors, most of whom are esteemed researchers at the World Bank, are some of the leading thinkers in health and health systems, so I find this blog very useful in learning more about what is going on in health around the world.
Adam Wagstaff, who is probably one of the most knowledgeable experts on health insurance reform in Asia, has been one of these contributors. When this guy publishes an article in JHE or Health economics, I drop whatever it is I am doing and read it immediately. I am therefore thrilled to get more frequent updates from this guy on this blog – what I believe is one of the beauties of academics and experts blogging. Now if only he would join Twitter.
His latest post provides an excellent example of such a contribution. In about 1000 words he summarizes the major changes that have bee occurring in the landscape of health insurance in Asia. He argues that Asian countries, despite the lack of a big body of rigorous evidence of what works and what does not, have been converging on a consensus view of the priority elements in health financing and health provision. He summarizes these changes as:
1) More general-revenue financing
2) More arms-length ‘purchasing’
3) A reduced emphasis on government provision
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The rest of the post is worth a read.