Health Financing

Bangladesh spends over 4 Billion USD in total health expenditure anually. Over two third of this amount constitute out of pocket expenditures by citizens, making this a particularly acute problem for those at the base of the pyramid. Furthermore, after nearly two decades of various attempts, less than 1% of the population in Bangladesh today have access to any meaningful health insurance services. As the nations transitions toward a middle income country a variety of innovative financing mechanisms should be explored to lower such large out-of-pocket expenditure, and extend the benefits to wider pool of population segments.