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The Institute for Health Policy is an independent research institution, and a regional centre of excellence for health policy research, working on its own, in partnerships and with sponsors, to improve health and social systems in Sri Lanka and the wider region, by supporting, encouraging and informing policy change, through quality research, analysis and training. >> More...

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ADBGrowing Old Before Becoming Rich: Challenges Of An Aging Population In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's population has largely stopped growing, and it is older and will age more rapidly than most other developing countries. Sri Lanka's critical problem is that it will grow old before it becomes rich. As Sri Lanka's population ages, the costs of looking after the needs of the elderly will increase and will translate into increased fiscal costs for government. Whilst social norms still largely ensure that the family looks after their own elderly, the numbers of elderly living alone are already increasing at a rapid pace. This trend is as fast as that experienced by Japan in the 1970s. Sri Lankan policy makers should learn from Japanese experience that this is likely to lead to rapid changes in future, and that a policy which assumes family will continue to bear the burden will increasingly not be realistic. >>Read more

childrenSri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2016

Regular tracking and reporting of health expenditure flows is vital to understand and monitor Sri Lanka's health system. The original Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA) system and Sri Lanka National Health Accounts (SLNHA) framework were designed by IHP staff, led by Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya, working under the direction of the Ministry of Health Management Development and Planning Unit and with the funding support of World Bank during 1998-1999. Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA) estimates describe how much the country spends on healthcare, and how this is spent and by whom, applying international definitions. We have released our new publication Sri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2016. Electronic version of this publication and other expenditure tables and figures are accessible at ihp.lk/slha.

The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage: Asia Regional Flagship course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing.

The 2018 Asia Regional Flagship course on Universal Health Care was held in Sri Lanka from the 6th - 10th of March. 61 participants from 12 counties with varying multidisciplinary backgrounds attended the training. The combination of experiences helped explore in-depth, areas such as financial protection, affordability, equity, quality of service and efficiency, health systems, private or non-profit or public sectors, organization, politics etc. IHP, through the provision of logistical support and course delivery, partnered in the conduct of the course which was organized by the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS).

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