Roundtable Discussion on Financing Health Care Access for Migrants in the GMS


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized the Roundtable Discussion on Financing Health Care Access for Migrants in the GMS on 15 August 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants were representatives from (i) Ministry of Health of Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam; (ii) National Health Commission of People’s Republic of China; (ii) Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar; (iii) Ministry of Public Health of Thailand; (iv) Ministry of Labor; (v) Ministry Social Welfare; (vi) development partners; and (vii) non-government organizations. The overall objective of the roundtable discussion was to find solution for more robust health financing mechanisms to ensure better health care access for migrants in the GMS.
Time Topics Presenter Facilitator

8:30 — 9:00



Marissa Espiritu

9:00 — 9:15

Opening Remarks
  • Host country (Thailand) 5 mins
  • ADB Thailand Resident Mission
Randy Dacanay
9:15 — 9:30 Overview and rationale for migrant health financing


Azusa Sato, Health Specialist, ADB

Randy Dacanay

9:30 — 10:30

Panel discussion
  • Rationale for Migrant Health Financing in the GMS from country perspective
  • Overview of barriers to health access (financial, structural, social/cultural/legal)
  • Emerging models for financing migrant health care including Thailand’s UHC scheme for migrants
Presenters and reactors Randy Dacanay
10:30 — 10:45 Tea Break

10:45 — 12:45 pm

Country Presentation (20 min each)
  • Vision for migrant health and health financing
  • Migrant health programs
  • Existing health financing strategies for migrants
  • Plans for migrant health access and financing
  • Needs and requests for support
Development partners and CSOs
    Randy Dacanay
12:45 — 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 — 15:30

Panel Discussion picking up on country presentations and reflections on Thailand's system
  • First steps in designing appropriate financing for migrant health – outputs and outcomes
  • Migrants’ perspective
  • Building effective business case for migrant health insurance
  • Innovative ideas
Kyi Thar

15:30 — 16:30

Plenary discussion: Role of Government, private sector, development partners All Participants Kyi Thar

16:30 — 16:45

Tea Break

16:45 — 17:00

Highlights and recommendations for the way forward All Participants
Azusa Sato
Randy Dacanay

17:00 — 17:15

Closing remarks Thailand  

Last Updated: 20 August 2019