Day 1 – Workshop on strategic options for Sustainable Healthcare Financing in Bhutan

The resources persons and experts from the WHO, the World Bank and McKinsey made presentations. It also included exchange of a few opinions but questions and discussions have been slotted in for tomorrow. Presentors also shared their experiences in the different regions of the world. It was interesting to note that the Bhutanese public financing of the health care system in only one of two in the region to be closest to the tax financing model. Although pure forms of any of the three major models do not exist now, we are as close as we can get to the tax financing model. Other models that exist are the social insurance system and lastly the private insurance system. The United States identifies with the latter model and the former models can be seen in Korea, Japan and a few others. Notable differences are apparent between these models and for Bhutan, although it maybe a little too premature to conclude, but I thought Bhutan could continue with what we have been doing but however, since sustainability is an issue and a common Bhutanese can not be deprived of healthcare and to allow them to continue to truly enjoy GNH, the Government may have to consider financing to the extent possible, without putting any burden on them and yet, set an inclusive policy. It is most important that we do not creat a divide in obtaining healthcare.

Looking forward to tomorrow.


About Sangay Khandu

Elected to Parliament of Bhutan twice. Previously worked with the Central Bank, the largest SoE (power utility) and international organization.
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