Asia Public Policy Forum 2015:
The Financing and Delivery of Public Health Services in Asia
Background and Objectives
The primary long-term objective of our annual Asia Public Policy Forums (APPFs) is to integrate Indonesian public policy researchers and implementers into regional and global public policy communities to create informal public policy support networks for Indonesian public policy scholars and leaders. A secondary short-term objective is to improve the design, implementation, and evaluation of current public policies in Indonesia and abroad.
Each APPF addresses a critical and complex policy challenge for Indonesia and its ASEAN neighbors, and the venue alternates between Indonesia and another ASEAN country. The bulk of the roughly 120 participants are from ASEAN, whereas most of the remainder is from East Asia with a few from further afield. These participants are a mix of senior central and subnational government officials, private sector and community-based leaders, and academics/researchers/public intellectuals.
In 2015, APPF will return to Indonesia and will focus on “The Financing and Delivery of Public Health Services in Asia.” APPF 2015 is scheduled to take place in Jakarta on 12 and 13 August.
This topic was selected because it is not only a high priority of President Joko Widodo’s administration, but also because it is an important and complex challenge throughout Asia. Many of Indonesia’s neighbors have recently introduced bold initiatives to improve both the accessibility and effectiveness of health services, but they did not anticipate and are ill equipped to deal with the unintended consequences of these policies. APPF 2015 will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners from Asia and beyond to share their experiences and insights on improving the coverage and quality of health care, as well as ensuring the financial sustainability of public health services.
Although specific topics and speakers will be determined in consultation with HKSIP partners, themes now under consideration include but are not limited to:
• Public health services as a component of social protection programs, including universal access via social insurance and social safety nets.
• Provision of basic health services in rural areas, focusing on maternal and child health.
• Conditional cash transfers and health outcomes.
• Health challenges of populations that are getting both older and richer.
• Mental health practices and performance.
• Addressing reproductive health needs.
• Coping with national and global pandemics.
• Reconciling the tradeoffs between the coverage and the quality of health care.
• Data-driven, evidence-based public health policies.
• The role of transparency and advocacy in improving public health services.
• Innovative models for the sustainable financing of public health services.
• Comparative case studies on the financing and delivery of public health services.
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