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Dr. Joseph Douglas Kutzin

Coordinator, Health Financing Policy

World Health Organization

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Master's Degree

Development Economics

Boston University

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"The agenda in the next 10 ... [cached]

"The agenda in the next 10 to 15 years is really... the efficiency agenda rather than the revenue-raising agenda," said Joseph Kutzin, a WHO expert on health financing.

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Dr. Joe Kutzin

Dr. Kutzin is currently Senior Resident Adviser for the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Prior to this, he was heading the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening. He has been affiliated with the Department of Economics, Boston University and has been the regional advisor for Health System Financing in the European Region of the WHO. Earlier, Dr Kutzin has provided technical support to several countries including Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Spain and believes that it possible for developing countries to progressively implement a modern and transparent health-financing system whose organisation is coherent with the crucial objectives of providing financial protection to citizens and to align incentives to produce services efficiently. He has published extensively on the topic.
Q: What in your opinion is the most notable recommendation made by the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) in the report on Universal Health Coverage for India?
Dr Kutzin: I think it is the combination of funding of the system from general government revenues combined with non contributory basis for entitlement.
Dr Kutzin: For this there is an answer given by every economist that says "it depends".
Dr Kutzin: I am against out of pocket payment and so I think it makes sense that when you are at the magnitude of dependence on out of pocket payment as India is now, it is a major problem in terms of financial access and burden that it places on households.
Dr Kutzin: I don't know enough about the Indian context to know what is feasible.
Dr Kutzin: Yes, of course and it is needed.
Q: How does the HLEG report made for India compare with several other versions of Universal Health Coverage currently in place in several other countries?
Dr Kutzin: I think the report made for India is more comprehensive.
Dr Kutzin: The disadvantage of such a large report is that one can always find things to quibble about.

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Joseph Kutzin, Health Systems Financing, World Health Organization (Jun. 2013)

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The session was chaired by the Director General of Health and speakers include Prof Di McIntyre, Dr Joseph Kutzin and Dr Bob Fryatt.

Dr Joseph Kutzin, World Health Organization Commentary on proposals. Read... 

The meeting was co-chaired by Monique ... [cached]

The meeting was co-chaired by Monique Vledder (World Bank) and Joe Kutzin (World Health Organization).

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