A simple simulation model as a tool to assess alternative health care provider payment reform options in Vietnam

Cheryl Cashin, Nguyen Khanh Phuong, Ryan Shain, Tran Thi Mai Oanh, Nguyen Thi Thuy
2014 Global Public Health  
Vietnam is currently considering a revision of its 2008 Health Insurance Law, including the regulation of provider payment methods. This study uses a simple spreadsheetbased, micro-simulation model to analyse the potential impacts of different provider payment reform scenarios on resource allocation across health care providers in three provinces in Vietnam, as well as on the total expenditure of the provincial branches of the public health insurance agency (Provincial Social Security [PSS]).
more » ... Security [PSS]). The results show that currently more than 50% of PSS spending is concentrated at the provincial level with less than half at the district level. There is also a high degree of financial risk on district hospitals with the current fund-holding arrangement. Results of the simulation model show that several alternative scenarios for provider payment reform could improve the current payment system by reducing the high financial risk currently borne by district hospitals without dramatically shifting the current level and distribution of PSS expenditure. The results of the simulation analysis provided an empirical basis for health policy-makers in Vietnam to assess different provider payment reform options and make decisions about new models to support health system objectives.
doi:10.1080/17441692.2014.986156 pmid:25514050 fatcat:fp44565zpng4bis5gjmyx5yjru