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Under the leadership of Professor Eddy van Doorslaer of Erasmus University this EU collaborative project is examining the related problems of limited and unequal access to health care, and the financial risks associated with illness in low and lower-middle income Asian countries.

Visit the Project website.

The objectives of the programme are to deliver robust research findings that increase substantially the evidence base that can be called on in designing health financing reforms with the purpose of achieving more accessible, affordable and equitable health care in Asia.  The evidence to be assembled for policy-oriented audiences will cover:

  • Determinants of the accessiblity and affordability of health care in Asia, including factors that lead to more or less inequality in the distribution of health care.
  • Factors that determine the extent to which households are exposed to financing risks associated with illness and how they cope with those risks.
  • The impact of specific health financing interventions on access to health care and protection from the financial risks of illness in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Dr Winnie Yip is leading the project in China.