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NextBillion Health Care is a blog and a news resource dedicated to addressing the myriad challenges and solutions in delivering health care to the base of the pyramid. The site, part of the NextBillion network, focuses on the best practices of social enterprises, health practitioners, large health systems, NGOs and multinational players, such as drug companies, supply chain systems and technology developers. It also examines public policy solutions for improving the health outcomes for low-income people around the world.

Sponsored by NextBillion’s Content Partner, Anavo Global LLC, NextBillion Health Care explores new thinking and action that ultimately improves people’s health, while doing so in a financially sustainable way.

Here are just a few of our main topic areas:

  • Rural health care delivery
  • Urban challenges
  • Innovative business models that improve access, affordability and sustainability.
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Supply chain management and efficiency
  • Improvements in patient care, vaccinations, procedures, and billing
  • Improvements in health care insurance
  • Management practices for social enterprises, e.g. retaining strong talent, attracting investors/financing, overall tips and tactics for managing an enterprise focused on health care
  • Technology: Diagnostic tools that improve health outcomes.

With NextBillion Health Care, our goal is to highlight both market-based approaches as they relate to driving change within large-scale institutions. In other words, it’s not one model versus the other, but how to bring the efficiency of markets and the scale of public systems to affect the most people.

Kyle Poplin serves as editor for the blog. He can be reached via email: kpop@umich.edu.

Follow NextBillion Health Care on Twitter @NextBillionHC.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

How Price Discrimination is Good for Global Health (Part 2): Patricia Danzon describes how the concept, despite its theoretical upside, 'is not working very well' in practice

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

​In Part 1 of her interview with NBHC, professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania laid out some of the advantages of differential pricing in pharmaceuticals. In Part 2, she describes how the concept works in practice, including the key role of politics in its implementation.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Price Discrimination is Good for Global Health (Part 1): Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School discusses differential pricing in pharmaceuticals

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, discusses differential pricing -- sometimes called price discrimination -- which she maintains increases utilization of medicines and, therefore, overall social welfare.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Impact Data Goes Lean: Simple measurement tool lets company know if it's meeting its social mission

By Wei Wei Hsing

Acumen and Grameen helped Ziqitza, an ambulance company in India, use a simple survey tool to determine if it was meeting its social mission. The project lends credence to the idea that impact measurement can be shifted from a burden to a benefit.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Peer-to-Peer Learning: CHMI program will provide up to $8,000 to facilitate partnerships

By Taara Chandani

The Center for Health Market Innovations is launching a peer-to-peer program, the CHMI Learning Exchange, designed to help organizations share knowledge around a particular need or business practice.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

The Trouble With Dirt: Floors can make people sick, so EarthEnable's founders came up with a market-based solution, but are still testing models

By Gayatri Datar

Dirt floors in the developing world make people sick. Replacing those floors with concrete isn't the answer, as it is prohibitively expensive. EarthEnable's solution: locally sourced, earthen floors that are 75 percent cheaper than the concrete alternative.

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