Can integrated microfinance and health programs reduce poverty-driven healthcare costs: a case of the Philippines

Liboon-Aranas, Lolita S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3944-8470 (2020) Can integrated microfinance and health programs reduce poverty-driven healthcare costs: a case of the Philippines. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Abstract

Microfinance primarily provides financial services to its members. Globally, it has had a significant role in alleviating poverty and improving health among the poor. Microfinance has also been found to be instrumental in facilitating access to health-related services. Hence the healthcare agenda is supported by combining microfinance and health activities.

This thesis has two main parts. The first is a systematic review of relevant articles published since 1990, in the English language with no specific-country limit, exploring the contributions of microfinance and health initiatives in reducing healthcare costs. The second part explores evidence of the integration of microfinance and health programs in the Philippines, using a model cooperative. Secondary data was used to explore the design of health programs and how health initiatives could contribute to achieving Healthy Philippines 2022.

The first study revealed that microfinance could contribute to reducing healthcare costs through collaboration and by using different schemes of microfinance-health models. The second study also indicated that the integrated microfinance and health program of the model microfinance institution (MFI) is anchored by collaborative and partnership efforts. The health program was designed to operate in three main structures – subsidised or outreach, microinsurance and health loans, and patronage funds, which potentially could reduce the costs for healthcare service utilisation. These studies showed that integrated microfinance and health programs facilitated the use of healthcare and health-related services among its members; however, improved data collection mechanisms are needed for outcome evaluation.

This thesis supports the practice of an integrated microfinance and health program in the Philippines, which could potentially contribute to achieving the objectives of Healthy Philippines 2022, particularly in reducing healthcare costs. This thesis encountered limitations, so more studies to evaluate the integrated MFI health initiatives are recommended to further identify gaps, outcomes or impacts of the program.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Science Research (MSCR) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Supervisors: Khanam, Rasheda; Rahman, Mafiz; Nghiem, Son
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 05:04
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, health program, poverty-driven healthcare costs, integrated mcirofinance and health program, healthcare costs, Philippines
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380108 Health economics
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26192/dt0a-j337
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40196

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