Health Equity and Financial Protection in Asia (HEFPA) is a EU sponsored collaborative project involving 12 research teams from Asia and Europe. The project is motivated by the related problems of limited and unequal access to health care and households’ exposure to financial risks associated with illness in low and lower-middle income Asian countries.

The first aim is to determine the causes and the consequences of limited access, equity and affordability of health care in resource-poor Asian systems. The second aim is to identify potential solutions to these problems by drawing on the experience of health financing reforms and innovations being implemented in seven South-East and East Asian countries -Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The analysis comprises both descriptive, cross-country comparative research and evaluative, country-specific research.

The project is funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (Health) (contract number 223166)

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