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Choose a country from The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profiles from the European Observatory are particularly useful summaries of each country as they are written using a common template. See Social health insurance systems in western Europe is a book summarising the European experience of mandatory health cover. “The concept of social health insurance (SHI) is deeply ingrained in the fabric of health care systems in western Europe.” Saltman, R. B., Busse, R., & Figueras, J. (Eds.). (2004). Social Health Insurance Systems in Western Europe. Maidenhead: Open University Press URL: Health Policy Monitor is an excellent site on details and progress of specific reforms in healthcare. The International Network Health Policy and Reform was initiated in 2002 and brings together health policy experts from 20 industrialized countries. See 4.2 Healthcare reform in the WHO Regions The WHO maintains a site which contains a “selection of countries' experiences with recent health financing policy reforms are included here. The examples, although by no means exhaustive, highlight specific concerns of policymakers from different countries, and related policies to address these concerns.” See 4.3 Healthcare reform in Low and middle-income countries The World Bank has produced a volume entitled “Good practice in health financing: lessons from reforms in low and middle-income countries”. “This volume focuses on nine countries that have completed, or are well along in the process of carrying out, major health financing reforms. These countries have significantly expanded their people's health care coverage or maintained such coverage after prolonged political or economic shocks ... The countries chosen for the study were Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, and Vietnam.” Gottret, P., Schieber, G. J., & Waters, H. R. (Eds.). (2008). Good practice in health financing: lessons from reforms in low and middle-income countries. Washington: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. URL: - 1202320704235/GoodPracticesHealthFinancing.pdf See also Gottret, P., & Schieber, G. J. (2006). Health Financing Revisited: A Practitioner’s Guide. Washington: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. URL:
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IMSA NHI Background Brief Understanding Healthcare Financing Page 8 4.4 Healthcare Reform in Africa Health financing: a strategy for the African region The WHO, writing about Africa, says: “Countries of the Region are confronted with a number of key
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