Health system financing research
Performance based grants in the Philippines
Recent increases in the Philippines national health budget (approximately 100% in 2008 and an additional 30% increase in 2009) are accompanied by change in the way that the Department of Health makes fiscal transfers to regions and local governments. Starting in October 2008 the Department of Health moved away from input-based allotments in favour of performance based block grants. The RHR Department supported a rapid assessment of two of the early performance based grants: grants to fund reproductive health commodities; and women's health teams. The results were helpful in fine-tuning the new fiscal transfer system, and have been released in a policy brief that discusses the broader implications of performance based funding modalities for reproductive health as well as other priority health programmes.