Does paying for performance improve health outcomes?
The project will study the implementation and impact of performance based financing of health care in Tanzania. Results-based financing, typically in the form of bonus payments to health workers and health facilities for the achievement of performance targets, is currently piloted in a number of low- and medium income countries.
"We will be the first to measure long-term impacts of results-based financing. Our project will study what impact such schemes may have on health outcomes such as child mortality," says CMI director Ottar Mæstad.
By following the gradual roll-out of results-based financing in Tanzania, the project will generate knowledge on how the implementation of the program can be strengthened for greater health impact. This knowledge will also be relevant for national scale-up of results-based financing in other countries. Project leader is professor Gaute Torsvik.