As part of our mandate to gather and disseminate evidence and knowledge from global RBF experiences, RBF Health regularly organizes events, including seminars and capacity building workshops.
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Expanding Beyond Maternal and Child Health 

In 2004, the Government of Argentina embarked on a series of reforms on the road to achieving Universal Health Coverage, aimed at providing provincial public health insurance for the otherwise uninsured. Plan Nacer was one of the first large-scale programs worldwide to use a Results-Based Financing (RBF) approach in the health sector. Presenters will discuss the program’s substantial positive impact on key health indicators—utilization, quality and outcomes. —and the launch of the Sumar Program, which retains the essential features of Plan Nacer, but includes new population groups: children aged 6 to 9 years, youth aged 10 to 19 years and women aged under 65 without formal health insurance. Program Sumar has recently added uninsured adult men aged under 65, the main remaining population subgroup that currently does not have any form of health insurance coverage.

New evaluation Results: Long Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity

The panel will also discuss the findings of a recent paper, which used a randomized field experiment to examine the effects of temporary financial incentives paid to medical care clinics for the initiation of prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Researchers found that the rate of early initiation of prenatal care was 34 percent higher in the treatment group than in the control group while the incentives were being paid, and that this effect persisted at least 15 months and likely 24 months or more after the incentives ended. This finding suggests that temporary incentives may be effective at motivating improvements in long run provider performance.

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A light lunch will be served


Martin Sabignoso, Sumar Program National Coordinator, Argentina MOH

Martín Sabignoso holds a law degree from Buenos Aires University and a Master’s Degree in Corporate & Business Law from Austral University. He has worked at the Argentine National Ministry of Health since 2004. In 2008 he was appointed National Subcoordinator of Plan Nacer, and in 2011 he was appointed National Coordinator. During his tenure Plan Nacer was rebranded as Programa Sumar to include children, adolescents and women up to 64 and provide health coverage to 9.5 million people nationwide.

Christel Vermeersch, Senior Economist and Impact Evaluation Task Team Leader, The World Bank Group

Christel Vermeersch holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and is a Senior Economist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. She has been involved in numerous impact evaluations in the human development area since 2001.

Paula Giovagnoli , Consultant, Impact Evaluation co- Principal Investigator

Paula Giovagnoli is an economist working with The World Bank in Buenos Aires Office. She is co-principal investigator of the impact evaluation of Plan Nacer. She earned her Ph.D. and MSc from the London School of Economics, UK and holds her master's degree on Economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.


Daniel Dulitzky, Practice Manager, Health, Nutrition, Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Daniel Dulitzky is a Practice Manager in the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


SUMAR Program’s Universal Coverage: Achievements and new goals towards 2020
Long Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity