Apr 15

Past Event

The Impact of Health Insurance in Developing Countries: Experiences from China and Colombia


Many health systems in the developing world are plagued by unequal access to health care, low utilization of services and high user fees. While health insurance is needed to protect families from catastrophic expenditures and a further spiral into poverty, questions remain about the best way to implement health insurance and how to make insurance more effective for some of the world’s poorest people.

On April 15, Global Economy and Development at Brookings hosted presentations from leading authorities on the impact of health insurance in developing countries. Professors William Hsiao and Winnie Yip discussed their impact evaluation work on the Rural Mutual Health Care Scheme (RMHC) in two Chinese provinces. Ursula Giedion presented her work on impact evaluation of health insurance for both the poor and non-poor in Colombia. Presentations were followed by comments from Paul Gertler, University of California, Berkeley; Philip Musgrove, deputy editor of Health Affairs and Mead Over, Center for Global Development. David de Ferranti, Brookings senior fellow and executive director of the Global Health Initiative, provided introductory remarks. Dr. Cheryl Scott, a senior advisor with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, moderated the discussion.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Moderator

    • Cheryl Scott

      Senior Advisor, Global Health, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Featured Speakers

    • William Hsiao

      K.T. Li Professor of Economics, Harvard School of Public Health

    • Winnie Yip

      Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

    • Ursula Giedion

      Health Economist , International Consultant on Health Systems

  • Discussants

    • Paul Gertler

      Professor of Economic Analysis & Policy, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

    • Philip Musgrove

      Deputy Editor, Health Affairs

    • Mead Over

      Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


April 15, 2008

10:00 AM - 12:45 PM EDT


Room 1026/1028

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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