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Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage

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A wonderful book that breaks down the most complex of challenges into a format accessible to economists, social scientists, and policymakers alike—a must-read for those working to achieve universal health coverage.”
— Soumya Swaminathan, Director, Indian Council of Medical Research

What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage, edited by senior fellow and chief operating officer Amanda Glassman, Ursula Giedion, and Peter C. Smith, is a practical guide for policymakers working to move universal health coverage (UHC) from rhetoric to reality. With contributions from leading health economists and policy experts, the book argues that the creation of a health benefits plan—a defined list of cost-effective services that are subsidized—is an essential step toward UHC in countries with limited health budgets. Glassman and CGD’s Global Health Policy program director and senior fellow Kalipso Chalkidou are using the book as a resource at workshops with policymakers designing UHC initiatives in India, Kenya, and South Africa.

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