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In ReBUILD’s work on health financing, we have been building knowledge about the implications of different methods of financing the public health system. The main focus of our research has been on the poverty inducing effects of financing strategies that leave populations with high levels of out of pocket expenditure for their health care. This can result from high out of pocket costs associated with using public health care, or with high costs of using the alternatives to public health care (formal and informal private services) which are used because people do not trust the public system to provide the care they need. This body of research includes quantitative and qualitative elements and is being carried out in all four partner countries.

Another element of ReBUILD’s research on financing has been looking at models of contracting for health services in Cambodia.

And one of ReBUILD’s Affiliate research partners is looking at the impact of health financing approaches on equity in access to health services in Zimbabwe.