Innovative health financing for refugees
Paul Spiegel, Shannon Doocy, Antonio Trujillo, Hannah Tappis
Providing universal health care coverage to refugees can enable the achievement of three important but often unattainable objectives: 1) affordable and cost-effective health care for refugees from the onset of an emergency until its resolution; 2) development of a (sub) national health care coverage system for refugees or the improvement of an existing health care coverage system for nationals; and 3) a reduction in dependency and an improvement in the sustainability of health care services for refugees - while reducing costs to governments and humanitarian and development organisations. Numerous innovative approaches for financing health care have been implemented successfully in a variety of contexts, but these approaches have not been sufficiently explored as solutions for financing the health care of refugees. This study aims to fill this gap by producing a white paper that will explore various options for providing universal health care coverage to refugees in different contexts. The feasibility of implementing each option will be a key part of the study.
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