Performance-based financing in the heath sector in low- and middle-income countries: is there anything whereof it may be said, see, this is new?

Elisabeth Paul, Dimitri Renmans

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Abstract

Whereas performance-based financing (PBF) is now developing fast in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries and is presented an innovative approachconcomitantly, subject to a separate research streamit shares many features of the managing for results (MfR) and performance-based budgeting (PBB) currents that have existed for decades. In this paper, we first argue that PBF as currently developed in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries shares many features and thus can be viewed as an avatar of MfR and more precisely PBB. Secondly, we draw lessons from the literature on MfR and PBB so as to (1) better apprehend PBF conceptually and (2) avoid pitfalls and better design PBF schemes in practice. We argue that the lessons from the theoretical and empirical literature on MfR and PBB offer interesting insights to feed into a theory of change of PBF, enabling to analyse critical aspects and better design PBF schemes. Moreover, it is hoped that just like MfR processes have been demonstrated as having the potential to boost individual performance not only through links with financial incentives but also through acting on other sources of motivation, one can demonstrate more accurately by which mechanisms the various elements of the PBF package can help improve health sector results.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume33
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
ISSN0749-6753
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • low- and middle-income countries
  • managing for results
  • performance-based financing
  • INCENTIVE CONTRACTS
  • IMPACT EVALUATION
  • HEALTH CENTERS
  • RWANDA
  • PAY
  • OWNERSHIP
  • SERVICES
  • PAYMENT
  • SYSTEMS
  • REFORM

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