(The Jakarta Post) - The Constitution promises every citizen access to social security and emphasizes the role of the state in providing universal social security coverage. On Jan. 1, citizens started to see the fulfillment of such promise, as the long-awaited national health insurance (JKN) came into effect.
Dubbed the largest health insurance in the world, the JKN will first cover approximately 120 million people automatically entitled to primary health care and third-class coverage at partner hospitals.
Among those, some 86.4 million are underprivileged (formerly covered by Jamkesmas insurance), who are the recipients of premium payment assistance (PBI), for which the government has set aside Rp 19.3 trillion (US$1.58 billion) from the state budget.
(All Africa) - For some years, Nigeria's health sector has been perennially embroiled in one strike after another. Investigations have shown that beyond ego and pecuniary interests of the leaders, there are also supremacy battles among the diverse professional groups within the health care delivery system fuelling the strikes even as government officials appear befuddled in the whole affair, Godwin Haruna writes
As the year 2013 was drawing to a close, Nigerians were under the heat of the warning strike called by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) even as they also warmed up to begin 2014 with another round of strike. Mercifully, as Nigerians returned to work after the Christmas and New Year festivities, the NMA and the federal government representatives reached a compromise and the proposed New Year strike was shelved.
(All Africa) - Japanese Embassy in Ghana under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP) scheme has provided an amount of $242,666 for the execution of two health projects in Ghana.
An amount of S$120,00 was awarded to the Centre for Pregnancy and Childbirth Education (CePeCE), ), a non-governmental organization (NGO) to procure two neonatal ventilators and their accessories for the paediatric unit of the 37 Military Hospital.
While the Needy Club of Ghana also an NGO received $121,940 for the construction of a Community Health-Based Services (CHPS) compound consisting of a clinic and staff quarters for the people of Aneta-Yordanu community in the Volta Region which currently has no health facility.
At a short signing ceremony of the grant, the Charge d'Affaires of the embassy, Mr Shigeru Hamano who signed on behalf of the Japanese government, noted that the affordability and accessibility of health care services is key to the development of the coun
(Channels) - The Edo State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has issued a 21 day ultimatum to the Edo State Government to address what it referred to as the comatose state of the health sector or else it will embark on an indefinite strike.
Chairman of the Association, Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, while addressing journalists in Benin City on Thursday, said they had drawn the attention of the governor to these issues in February 2013 and since then nothing remarkable had been observed.
The Association threatened to embark on strike if there were deductions from their salaries owing to their participation in the national NMA warning strike.
The issues the NMA expects the Edo State government to address include poor infrastructure and lack of appropriate working tools, gross shortage of manpower and the expansion of Universal Health coverage through the National Health Insurance Scheme and community based Health Insurance Scheme.
Others include stagnation in grade
(Standard Digital News) - Nairobi-Kenya: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved new funding to support Kenya’s efforts to deliver quality health and nutrition services to as many as 35 million people by 2016. Of these beneficiaries, half are women and about 16 percent live in drought-prone areas.
Kenya has been implementing extensive reforms in its health sector, including by setting up a single National Ministry of Health and empowering the country’s 47 counties to manage health services. The new funds will be used to help manage these changes, and to ensure that poor people benefit from the reforms.
“The recent reforms in Kenya’s health sector must lead the country closer to universal health coverage, so that all Kenyans benefit from decent health services, regardless of where they live and how much they earn,” said Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya.
(The Conversation) - Incremental creep and massive holes in universal health coverage (think dental care) have left many Australians questioning whether there’s any such thing as “free health care”. One recent study estimated households now pay directly for almost 25% of the nation’s health costs.
Into this existing mess of user charges has stepped yet another proposal to cost shift from government to households. The Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR), a small “think tank” set up by the smaller private health funds, has proposed a new A$6 co-payment for access to bulk-billed general practitioner services.
Mandatory payments for GP visits
The ACHR claims to build on the abortive 1991 Hawke government attempt to impose a similar charge. Like the Hawke proposal, it aims to relieve the federal budget by shifting part of the cost of primary care to patients.
(Daily Times) - The Federal Government through the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has said that there will be an outstanding improvement in the health sector as plans are underway to achieve a universal health coverage and Health Insurance Scheme in 2014.
He disclosed this while briefing news men at the inauguration of a committee on the takeover of the Otuoke Cottage Hospital in Bayelsa State by the Federal Government. Prof. Chukwu said, plans were on for the transfer of other state hospitals in the year 2014.
The 40-bed Otuoke Cottage Hospital will become an outreach centre for Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, once the committee finishes its assessment in as little as two weeks.
The federal government and Bayelsa state agree for Otuoke Cottage Hospital to come under federal control in line with a policy that mandates all 56 federal government hospitals to acquire at least three outreach centers each.
(Le Monde diplomatique) - In an unequal 21st-century world, access to healthcare is key to fighting poverty and ensuring social cohesion. Every year, 150 million people worldwide spend more than 40% of their income on health. Universal health coverage (UHC) would allow millions to receive healthcare without falling into poverty.
There is a growing focus on UHC in health systems. The 2010 World Health Report and associated declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) general assembly urged member states to “aim for affordable universal coverage and access for all citizens on the basis of equity and solidarity.” In December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on UHC. Last May, the World Bank president Jim Yong Kim made a commitment towards UCH at the World Health Assembly.
(Channel News) - The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has promised that the health sector will witness remarkable changes in 2014.
One of the targets is achieving a universal health coverage and Health Insurance Scheme for Nigerians.
Briefing journalists after the inauguration of a committee on the takeover of the Otuoke Cottage Hospital in Bayelsa State by the Federal Government, the Minister said that plans were on for the transfer of other state hospitals in the year 2014.
He commended the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, for giving room for dialogue and averting the planned industrial action.
While the minister of health has his plans for the health sector in 2014, he may also have some industrial issues to deal with.
One of them is the impending 5-day warning strike being threatened by the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals and the Joint Health Sector Unions.
These bodies want the Federal Government to implement, among oth
Academia, Policymakers and Practitioners to Discuss Health for All to Universal Health Coverage: Journey So Far and Challenges at IHEPA's Third Annual Conference
(India Education Diary) - Report by India Education bureau, Pune: Indian Health Economics and Policy Association (IHEPA) in collaboration with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and The Azim Premji University will be organizing a two day conference on “Health for All to Universal Health Coverage: Journey so far and challenges ahead”, at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics here on January 6 and 7, 2014. Special inaugural address will be delivered by Dr.Pavitra Mohan, Basic Healthcare Trust, Udaipur.
The conference will focus on Healthcare in India: Progress and Challenges towards Universal Healthcare Care, Human Resources for Health in Universal Health Care, future challenges and opportunities. Professionals and academicians will present their papers during the conference. In all, about 50 papers will be presented during the conference that will have parallel sessions in progress.