Journal article

Protecting the poor? Impact of the national health equity fund on utilization of government health services in Cambodia, 2006-2013

Peter Leslie Annear, John Tayu Lee, Keovathanak Khim, Por Ir, Ellen Moscoe, Tapley Jordanwood, Thomas Bossert, Matthias Nachtnebel, Veasnakiry Lo



Introduction: Cambodia's health equity fund (HEF) is the country's most significant social security scheme, covering the poorest one-fifth of the national population. During the last two decades, the HEF system was scaled up from an initial two health districts to national coverage of public health facilities. This is the first national study to examine the impact of the HEF on the utilisation of public health facilities. Methods: We first investigated the level of national HEF population coverage and health service use made by HEF eligible members using an administrative HEF operational dataset. Second, through multilevel interrupted time series analysis of routine monthly utilisation stati..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research project was carried out with funding from the Australian Government through AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under an Australian Development Research Award to the Nossal Institute for Global Health, the School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.