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[Videoconference] Health Insurance System

Type Videoconference
Venue KDI School of Public Policy and Management Date 2012-12-04
Host KDI School of Public Policy and Management; The World Bank; Tokyo Development Learning Center Organizer
File 1. 121204_Agenda_Health Insurance System_Draft_Nov.19.pdf File Icon

Background:
 

The role of health-care in economic development has received increasing attention in recent years with the recognition of poor health as a primary cause of household impoverishment. According to research undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000, health-related impoverishment is derived from a lack of risk pooling and proper insurance system.
 
Health is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which recognizes that health is central to the global agenda of reducing poverty, as well as an important measure of human well-being. The challenge is to develop health strategies that respond to the diverse and evolving needs of developing countries.
 
A wave of health insurance initiatives has swept across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and compulsory social health insurance has become a popular approach to health care reform in many developing countries. An effective health insurance system is one that not only includes sufficient benefits, but is also affordable and sustainable over time. Moreover, it must stay within the capacity of health systems so that its implementation and regulation can be assured high quality.
 
Although the health insurance offered in developed countries are evaluated as successes, there are many unsatisfactory aspects which require improvement. Meanwhile, underdeveloped countries are striving to implement their own health care systems, repeating a process of much trial and error that advanced countries have already experienced.
 
In this light, this session seeks to portray the experiences of Korea, Japan and the World Bank in the field of health insurance, and to share the implications that can be learned. They are expected to review theories and to analyze how health insurance systems have been designed and implemented at each stage of development. The participants will learn how having an effective health insurance system contributes to promoting the sustainable and broad-based national development.

 

Speakers:


Moderator  Phil Karp, World Bank
Speakers  Aparnaa Somanathan, Senior Health Economist, World Bank
 Jin Soo Kim, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs
 Masako Ii, Professor, Hitotsubashi University


Program Schedule: in Seoul Time (11:30-14:00 / 04 December 2012)
 


Time Action Speaker Note
10:30-11:30  Test connection    
Opening
11:30-11:33  Opening & introduction of program  Phil Karp (Moderator)  
11:33-11:37  Opening remarks  Head of the World Bank
East Asia and Pacific
\Development Effectiveness
Unit
 
11:37-11:43  Introduction of participants at each site  Phil Karp (Moderator)
 Local facilitators
 
Session 1: World Bank
11:43-11:45  Introduction of speaker  Local facilitator  
11:45-12:05 (20 min.)  World Bank  Aparnaa Somanathan  
12:05-12:20 (15 min.)  Q&A Session on presentation of
World Bank
 Facilitated by Phil Karp  
Session 2: Korea’s case study
12:20-12:22  Introduction of speaker  Local facilitator  
12:22-12:42 (20 min.)  Korea’s case study  Jin Soo Kim  
12:42-12:57 (15 min.)  Q&A Session on Korea’s case study  Facilitated by Phil Karp   
Session 3: Japan’s case study
12:57-12:59  Introduction of speaker  Local facilitator  
12:59-13:19 (20 min.)  Japan’s case study  Masako Ii  
13:19-13:34 (15 min.)  Q&A Session on Japan’s case study  Facilitated by Phil Karp   
13:34-13:57 (23 min.)  Q&A Session on presentations of World Bank, Korea, and Japan  Facilitated by Phil Karp   
Closing
13:57-14:00  Wrap-up discussion, conclusion and closing  Phil Karp (Moderator)  




 




 

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