By Sophie Witter
Bandeth Ros of the Cambodian Development Research Institute presented her research on ‘Health seeking behaviour and the impact of health financing policies on household financial protection in post-conflict Cambodia: a life-history approach’ at the Health Systems Research Symposium in Cape Town. The 24 in-depth interviews provided rich insights into how household coping strategies in case of illness have changed since the 1950s. While exchanging with colleagues from Cambodia and others working on related schemes, she explained how the extension of the formal health care system, new policies to provide greater financial access, and changes at community and household level had contributed to increasing use of the formal sector over time. Her research supports government efforts to extend the community-based health insurance and the Health Equity Funds.
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