Dr Eduardo P. Banzon – Health economics and supporting universal health coverage reforms in Southeast Asia

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Monday, 5 September 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
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The use of health economics analysis and tools has informed decisions of developing countries in Southeast Asia design and develop, implement, and evaluate and improve health system reforms for pursuing and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC reforms from the adoption of demand-side financing through health insurance, use of incentives in provider payment methods, introduction of economic analysis and health technology assessments in determining covered health services, and increasing subsidisation of  the informal sector into national health insurance systems have been informed by health economics principles, analysis and tools. Measuring UHC performance has also been enhanced by health economics tools. With Southeast Asian countries accelerating their UHC efforts, we can see the need for more health economics expertise to expand in the coming years. 


Dr Eduardo P. Banzon  

Dr Eduardo P. Banzon
Principal Health Specialist in the Southeast Asia Regional Department (SERD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Dr Eduardo P. Banzon is a Principal Health Specialist in the Southeast Asia Regional Department (SERD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Honorary Visiting Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Before joining ADB in 2014, he was President and CEO of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, World Health Organization (WHO) regional adviser for health financing for the Eastern Mediterranean region and WHO health economist in Bangladesh, and World Bank senior health specialist in East Asia and the Pacific. He is also a former faculty member of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He completed BS Biology in UP Diliman and MD Medicine in the UP College of Medicine, and an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


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