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Registration for First Phase of National Health Plan Should Begin By Mid-Year

Country: 
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

(WINN) - The first phase of a National Health Insurance programme will initially provide coverage for the most vulnerable: those already on government assistance and minimum wage workers with no health insurance. Speaking on WINN FM’s Voices programme Minister of Health Marcella Liburd explained government had received bids from two insurance companies for the cost of covering the approximately 17,000 residents who are currently uninsured; the amount she said, ranges from $13-17 million per annum; a tab which the government is prepared to pick up at least for the first year.

Minister Liburd said that most persons, who will be covered in the First Phase of the scheme, currently receive assistance with medical expenses; children however, will not be covered in the initial phase as they do not pay for medical services. She expects systems will be in place by midyear to allow for the registration of the first group of persons.

Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies

(Sudan Vision Daily) - Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

There is strong evidence that investments in people -- like health care, education and social protection -- are not just good for the individuals who directly benefit, they’re also good for their countries’ growth and political stability. Likewise, I believe not providing health, education, and social protection is fundamentally unjust -- in addition to being a bad economic and political strategy.

Yet some say our agenda for universal health coverage is too ambitious, too complex, and too costly for high-income countries, let alone for emerging economies.

We’ve heard that argument many times before.

My first year of medical school was when we first understood the devastation of the AIDS virus.

NHIs Targets 40 Percent Insurance Coverage for Nigerians By 2015

Country: 
Nigeria

(AllAfrica.com) - The management of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, says it is targeting 40 per cent of Nigerians for insurance coverage by 2015.

The chairman of NHIS governing council, Shem Zagbayi, said this in Uyo on Thursday in his speech at the opening ceremony of a two-day retreat for members of the council.

Mr. Zagbayi said that the retreat was necessary to enable the council plan how the set target would be achieved.

"As at today, we are not near eight per cent coverage of Nigerians in term of health insurance. This is why we are here to plan how to achieve the target, and if possible, surpass it," Mr.

Indonesia's new healthcare scheme facing bumpy road

Country: 
Indonesia

(BT Premium) - THE architect of Indonesia's new universal healthcare service, which began a phased introduction last month, says that a lack of funding and a poor grasp of benefits are hampering patient care.

On Wednesday, the first monthly review of Indonesia's ambitious Social Security Organising Body, or BJPS, turned up cases of inferior treatment compared with what existed under previous health schemes. The findings underscore the difficult road that officials here face as they roll out medical coverage for all of the country's 247 million people by 2019, says Hasbullah Thabrany, the body's senior adviser and professor of health policy from the University of Indonesia.

"The first two years of this programme will be a bumpy road," says Prof Thabrany, who headed the review. He says that the programme is aiming for 70 per cent satisfaction among patients during the first year. "Doctors, staff and patients don't understand the system."

Expert Urges Diversification of Health Care Financing

Country: 
Nigeria

(AllAfrica.com) - The former Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr.

NHIs Will Collapse If

Country: 
Ghana

(AllAfrica.com) - The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Nyiaeso, Dr.

Iranian President Announces ‘RouhaniCare,’ Universal Health Care Plan

Country: 
Iran

(PBS Newshour) - Iranians line up to receive food rations in Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his plans for a new health insurance program that would provide universal coverage on Wednesday. Photo by Davoud Ghahrdar/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced Wednesday his plan to extend universal health insurance to all Iranians in a new program that the president himself dubbed RouhaniCare on Twitter. The Western-educated president, tweeted that his plan should cover an additional 5 million people.

Gov will extend medical insurance to all Iranians.

The Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey, says government has released a substantial amount of money to pay arrears owed hospitals under the National Health Insurance Scheme

Country: 
Ghana

(Ghana Broadcasting Corporation) - The Minister of Health, Sherry Ayittey, says government has released a substantial amount of money to pay arrears owed hospitals under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Her comments follow threats issued by the Ghana Chamber of Pharmaceuticals, to suspend supply of medicines to hospitals under the NHIS due to delay in reimbursement.

But the Minister says apart from money released last week, the Finance Ministry is about to release another tranche to defray all arrears.

The Health Minister also lamented the high cost of Pharmaceutical products in the country.

Madam Ayittey said she will meet the pharmaceutical chamber for an explanation of the cost build up.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Chamber of Pharmaceuticals, GCP, has warned that it will suspend supply of medicines to hospitals under the National Health Insurance Scheme from the 10th of this month.

Key Lessons Learned from Jamkesmas to Achieve Universal Health Care in Indonesia

Country: 
Indonesia

(The World Bank) - Indonesia’s social insurance reform – the ultimate goal being universal health coverage for all by the year 2019 – has come into shape with a single-payer umbrella program in 2014. Jamkesmas – the Government-financed health insurance program for the poor and near-poor – has been integrated and merged with other social insurance programs.

Learning from Jamkesmas may lead to better preparation and implementation of universal health coverage for Indonesia by 2019.

Health projects receive much-needed injection

Country: 
Myanmar

(Myanmar Times) - The World Bank announced last week that it would provide US$2 billion to support long-term development projects in Myanmar, including $200 million for the country’s ailing healthcare sector.

The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, made the announcement at the 2nd Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum held in Nay Pyi Taw on January 27.

“This is a good news for the country’s ambitious plans for universal health coverage by 2030,” Mr Kim said.

He added that with support from the World Bank, coordination between the government and the private sector can encourage the establishment of more transparent and responsible national-level institutions.

Other sectors benefiting from the aid will include energy and agriculture.

“Currently, 70 percent of population still can’t access electricity in Myanmar. Children in rural areas still read by candlelight at night,” he said.