The response of providers to capitation payment: A case-study from Thailand

Anne Mills, Sara Bennett, Porntep Siriwanarangsun, Viroj Tangcharoensathien

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Those designing payment systems for health care in low and middle income countries are increasingly looking to capitation payment, in order to avoid the cost inflation experienced with fee-for-service payment. However, there is virtually no documentation of the experience of introducing capitation payment, or of its effects. This paper draws on several research studies to explore responses by health care providers at both the market and facility level to the introduction of capitation payment, in the context of a new compulsory insurance scheme for workers in Thailand. The paper ends by identifying lessons for both Thailand itself and for other countries. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalHealth policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Capitation
  • Payment mechanisms
  • Private sector
  • Social insurance
  • Thailand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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