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Does Efficiency Matter in Getting to Universal Health Coverage?

How do we get to universal health coverage? This was the focus of a panel with William Hsiao, David de Ferranti and Yanzhong Huang at the Council for Foreign Relations in Washington yesterday. Of the many salient points discussed, including defining “universal health coverage”, Hsiao emphasized the importance of improving efficiency. He noted that 20-40% of money in health-care is “wasted” due to inefficient processes, as cited in the World Health Report 2010 (see p. 79) and Hsiao’s own research in China. Other studies have found similar results. In the Philippines, Paul Gertler found that providers (i.e. hospitals and doctors) capture rents from social insurance.

Busan’s Lasting Legacy – Owen Barder

Owen Barder

I recently interviewed Owen Barder, CGD senior fellow and director for Europe, shortly after his return from the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. Did the December forum, with some 3,000 participants from around the world, matter to development?