Event: Health System Readiness for Universal Health Coverage: What Does It Take?
Wednesday, May 2nd, 12:30-2:00pm
Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies
BOB Building, Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Lunch provided beginning at 12:00
Join a lunchtime panel presentation focusing on the implementation realities that can undermine greater investment into universal health coverage (UHC).
- Chutima Suraratdecha, Principal Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health
- Jack Langenbrunner, Health Economist, The World Bank
- Kimberly Switlick-Prose, Manager Deloitte Consulting LLP
- Hernan L. Fuenzalida-Puelma, International Health Policy and Regulation Adviser
Much of the analysis and discussions about UHC have focused on conceptualization of financing and service delivery frameworks for resource-poor health systems; few, however, focus on program implementation and practical approaches.
While a country’s path towards providing affordable health care for all is context dependent, experience shows that synergistic policies and programs must be designed and implemented to strengthen country’s capacity in financial management, information systems, regulatory and policy reforms, governance, and human resources. Prior to embarking on a trajectory toward UHC, the extent of health system “readiness” and the possibilities for unintended negative impacts within the system should be considered.
Presentations will examine UHC implementation in Rwanda, Thailand, China, and India and highlight important considerations in ensuring the “readiness” of country systems for UHC.
A global health event sponsored by the SAIS International Development Program.
RSVP by April 30th to Melin@jhsph.edu