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What U.S. Health Care Can Learn from Low-Cost Innovations Around the Globe

Acountable care reforms for women and children in Nepal

The new issue of Health Affairs features Commonwealth Fund–supported research into frugal health care innovations and accountable care reforms from around the world.

  • Global lessons in frugal innovation. A study of telemedicine systems in Mexico and Singapore, health care delivery efficiencies in India, and community-worker programs in Kenya and Brazil demonstrates that it’s possible for resource-constrained nations to do more with less. 
  • Accountable care reforms in Germany, Nepal, and the Netherlands. Countries around the world are experimenting with accountable care models as they try to improve patient care while simultaneously lowering costs.
  • Nepal’s progress in women’s and children’s health. Despite being one of Asia’s poorest countries, Nepal has made significant progress over the past decade in reducing maternal and infant mortality. The country’s health ministry has partnered with the nonprofit Possible, using community health workers to deliver integrated reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health care. 

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