Public health insurance and financial risk protection: Lessons from Thailand
Thailand achieved universal coverage in access to health care in 2002. Since then, there has been a dramatic reduction in the prevalence of catastrophic health expenditures reflecting the capacity of the main public health insurance schemes to protect their members from financial risks owing to medical care costs. This policy brief draws on evidence from a recent study of the Social Health Insurance (SHI) and Universal Coverage (UC) schemes. It identifies the key features of these insurance schemes which have contributed to the reduction in catastrophic expenditures.
CREHS policy brief, March 2010, 4 pp.