The Role of Vouchers in Serving Disadvantaged Populations and Improving Quality of Care
The session will highlight findings from studies on voucher programs in different countries and its cross-case analysis. It will touch on three issues: scaling voucher programs (what works and what does not), integrating voucher programs with national health systems and goals (policy relevance to non-voucher programs and national health strategies), and aiding Universal Health Coverage (UHC), FP 2020, and the campaign to end preventable maternal mortality by 2030.
Reproductive health voucher schemes continue to expand in scale and scope with more than 30 programs operating in low- and middle-income countries. Research conducted by the Population Council has evaluated the role of vouchers in increasing service uptake, improving equity, addressing dimensions of healthcare quality, and reducing out-of-pocket spending for reproductive health services in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Over the past five years, this research has helped to inform policy reforms, health sector strategy, and on-the-ground implementation recommendations.
Output-Based Aid (OBA) is one approach to progressively expand UHC and contribute toward voluntary contraceptive uptake while targeting resources to individuals most at risk of maternal mortality and unintended pregnancies. OBA voucher programs use demand-side subsidies to purchase services from providers who are reimbursed after client visits. Aligned with related interventions in the first 1000 days of life, this OBA focus on reproductive health can help the most disadvantaged newborns experience the best available start on life. Given the reproductive health focus, purchasing services for the bottom 40 percent in some countries may be a feasible aspiration for development partners and national governments.
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