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cover page image Review of National Commitments to Reducing Health Inequalities in Asia: Content Analysis of Policy Documents.

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Bhatia, Mirgesh, Aparnaa Somanathan, Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya, Susan Rifkin et al.
1 May 2005 | 43 pages

Equitap Working Paper Number 11.

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to summarize the experiences of Asian countries in formulating and implementing pro equity policies in the financing and delivery of their health care services. The study is based on the content analysis of health policy documents from the 15 Equitap countries in Asia namely Bangladesh, China, HongKong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia,Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. These countries comprise a widerange of diversity, not only in levels of economic development but also in terms of health systems financing and policy.
Individual country collaborators were asked to collected government documents for review for statements of how the government was formulating and implementing policies concerning equity. Key domains were placed on a matrix, which was used to analyze policy documents from each country both in terms of policy formulation and implementation.