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Financing catastrophic health epidemics – prevention is better than cure Background paper

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The Ebola epidemic has highlighted the relative unpreparedness of the affected health systems in dealing with the crisis and the international community’s delayed response in financing it. This paper will discuss which options LMICs have at their disposal to mitigate future health crises. Innovative solutions such as a regional insurance and the involvement of the private sector are explored as well as the need to contrast this ‘financialisation’ of health risks with the need to invest prior to epidemics in those systems.

Year: 2015 Theme: Value for money, Health Language: English

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