Myanmar Strategic Purchasing Brief Series #7: Stakeholder Engagement


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This is the seventh in a series of briefs examining practical considerations in the design and implementation of strategic purchasing demonstration projects involving private general practitioners in Myanmar. These projects aim to start developing the important functions required for effective strategic purchasing and generate valuable lessons that will help shape Myanmar’s broader health financing arrangements. More specifically, the projects are introducing a blended payment system that combines capitation payments and performance-based incentives to reduce households’ out-of-pocket spending and incentivize providers to deliver an essential package of primary care services. This brief focuses on stakeholder engagement: how key stakeholders were engaged to support the design and implementation of demonstration projects, how that engagement benefitted the broader policy shaping, what challenges were encountered and how those challenges were overcome.