The background research done for this article points to five key policies available to governments to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of existing community financing schemes. These include: (a) increased and well-targeted subsidies to pay for the premiumsof low-income populations; (b) insurance to protect against expenditure fluctuations and re-insurance to enlarge the effective size of small risk pools; (c) effective prevention and case management techniques to limit expenditure fluctuations; (d) technical support to strengthen the management capacity of local schemes; and (e) establishment and strengthening of links with the formal financing and provider networks.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2002) 80 (2) 143-150
Effectiveness of community health financing in meeting the cost of illness
Published 4 December 2006