Ensuring Health Care Services for the Poor During a Financial Crisis: The Medicard Program in Mongolia: Experiences and Lessons Learned | Asian Development Bank

Ensuring Health Care Services for the Poor During a Financial Crisis: The Medicard Program in Mongolia: Experiences and Lessons Learned

Publication | November 2016
Ensuring Health Care Services for the Poor During a Financial Crisis: The Medicard Program in Mongolia: Experiences and Lessons Learned

This paper describes the Medicard program implemented in Mongolia in 2011–2013 to protect the poor by providing free health services.

The 2007–2008 global financial crisis severely affected the Mongolian economy. Poverty struck and access to basic services and medical care plummeted, affecting the health of women and children. The Medicard program was the Mongolian health sector’s first to apply the Proxy Mean Test to target eligible households. It contributed to ensuring government health and social program inclusiveness, and highlighted the critical role of political commitment in ensuring the sustainability of such programs. This paper provides information on the program design and implementation by comparing it with international best practices.

Contents 

  • Figure and Charts
  • Glossary
  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary
  • Medicard Mongolia
  • The Need for Medicard in Mongolia
  • Designing and Implementing Medicard
  • Innovative Features
  • International Best Practices in Medicard Mongolia
  • Lessons and Recommendations
  • Conclusion