Health financing

Budget transfers to health coverage schemes

PhilHealth

Budget transfers to health coverage schemes are increasingly used to finance coverage for vulnerable and poor people. Over 40 low- and middle-income countries use this health financing arrangement, which is also common in many high-income countries.

In two thirds of these 40 countries, both the subsidized and contributors are part of the same pool. If well designed and implemented, subsidised enrolment into health insurance can accelerate progress towards universal health coverage.


Budget transfers to health coverage schemes in more detail

Key policy messages

Among the financing options to expand coverage, budget transfers to health coverage schemes can be an effective mechanism.

Key characteristics and institutional design

Budget transfers to health coverage schemes often show a number of health insurance characteristics.

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