This paper explores the policy-making process in the 1990s in two countries, South Africa and Zambia, in relation to health care financing reforms. While much of the analysis of health reform programmes has looked at design issues, assuming that a technically sound design is the primary requirement of effective policy change, this paper explores the political and bureaucratic realities shaping the pattern of policy change and its impacts. Through a case study approach, it provides a picture of the policy environment and processes in the two countries, specifically considering the extent to which technical analysts and technical knowledge were able to shape policy change.
Health Policy and Planning (2003) 18 (1) 31-46 [doi:10.1093/heapol/18.1.31]
The SAZA study: implementing health financing reform in South Africa and Zambia
Published 12 September 2006