Afro-Asia health in­sur­ance fo­rum

RISKAFRICA Magazine - - NEWS -

Del­e­gates from coun­tries across Africa and Asia met in South Africa be­tween 11 and 14 March to dis­cuss the role of health in­sur­ance in achiev­ing univer­sal cov­er­age and so­cial pro­tec­tion on the two con­ti­nents.

The African De­vel­op­ment Bank (AfDB) or­gan­ised the meet­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ger­man In­ter­na­tional Co- op­er­a­tion, the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ILO) and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) in con­sul­ta­tion with the South African Govern­ment.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the min­istries of fi­nance and health, national health in­sur­ance au­thor­i­ties and de­vel­op­ment part­ners, as well as ex­perts and prac­ti­tion­ers from Asia and Africa at­tended the fo­rum, en­ti­tled Achiev­ing Univer­sal Cov­er­age through Health Fi­nanc­ing Re­form. “Fo­cus­ing on the South­ern African re­gion, the fo­rum will ex­plore in par­tic­u­lar the role of ex­tend­ing cov­er­age of pooled fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nisms (of­ten un­der the label of ‘health in­sur­ance’), for mov­ing closer to univer­sal health cov­er­age,” com­mented AfDB, be­fore the time.

The fo­rum also dis­cussed the chal­lenges and lim­i­ta­tions of dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to rev­enue con­tri­bu­tion in clos­ing health­care cov­er­age gaps.

Fo­cus­ing on the South­ern African re­gion, the fo­rum will ex­plore in par­tic­u­lar the role of ex­tend­ing cov­er­age of pooled fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nisms.

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