(The Daily Information.Com) - Health insurance schemes used by some developing countries prevent the poorest and most vulnerable from access to healthcare, says a new report published by Oxfam. Oxfam’s report, titled "Universal Health Coverage: why health insurance schemes are leaving the poor behind”, states that the health insurance schemes used by the governments of some developing countries prevent the poorest and most vulnerable from access to healthcare through prohibitively expensive fees.
The most frequently used model is social health insurance, which involves the automatic collection of contributions from the pay of people with secure jobs.
(Huffington Post) - In the time it takes you to read the title of this blog, three more people in the world will have fallen below the poverty line. Not because of anything to do with global economics but simply because they've had to pay for medical care. What a terrible choice: Do you use your last few cents to buy medicine for your child or to put food on the table?
(Bangkok Post) - The Social Security Office (SSO) should prepare for an ageing society by raising members' contributions by 5% every five years, says an academic from the National Health Security Office (NHSO).
The academic, Kanit Sangsubhan, also director of the Fiscal Policy Research Institute, touted the proposal at the NHSO's 2014 budget meeting on Monday.
The scheme has 10.5 million members, and requires employees and employers to make a 4% contribution of their earnings, up to 15,000 baht.
Mr Kanit said Thailand is already an ageing society and is heading towards becoming an aged society by 2027.
Thailand was classified as an ageing society in 2005 when the number of people aged over 60 reached 10% of the population. This number is expected to reach 20% by 2027, which will make the country an "aged" society.
Mr Kanit also proposed upping the SSO's stipulated retirement age from 55 to 60 years old.
(Ghana Web) - The practice of patients jumping from one health facility to the other known as “medical shopping”, is threatening the survival of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The practice involves patients who visit two or more health facilities to get drugs for the same sickness.
Mr Mahama Sakara, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District NHIS Manager made the observation during the 10th Anniversary celebration of the scheme at Sawla in the Northern Region.
It was on the theme: “Towards Universal Health Coverage; Increasing Enrolment whilst Ensuring Sustainability.”
“The practice is dangerous and if all NHIS card bearers engage in it, most of the schemes stand the risk of collapsing in the near future,” Mr Sakara said.
He patients should only visit a different health facility upon the advice of the first facility on referral basis.
Mr Sakara said the scheme has registered 63,249 people representing 65 per cent of the district’s population.
In addition, the NHIS has
(Devex) - For some, universal health coverage is a remote vision. The idea, according to Management Sciences for Health President and CEO Jonathan Quick, is actually not that far-fetched.
Universal health coverage refers to the commitment of countries to provide basic health, prevention and treatment services to all their citizens without financially burdening them. Today, 50 countries, including 20 lower-middlie-income countries offer such coverage, Quick noted in an exclusive interview with Devex on the sidelines of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual gathering in New York.
“I think the biggest thing that’s happening right now that affects health systems is the movement toward universal health coverage,” Quick said.
He also explained why investment in global health is one of the best ways to improve U.S. image abroad and security at home. How? Watch the video at the link below.
(The Bahamas Weekly) - Washington, DC — Health authorities from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean agreed this week on a series of joint actions to improve their countries’ health systems, advance toward universal health coverage, and work with other sectors to improve social, environmental and economic conditions that impact on people’s health.
The actions were set out in a series of plans and strategies approved by the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), which concluded today after a week of deliberations.
PAHO/WHO Member States agreed on joint initiatives to:
- Reduce deaths and illness from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, through improvements in health systems and through all-of-society and all-of-government action to reduce key risk factors including tobacco use, poor diets, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol.
(Vibe Ghana) - The Northern Regional Office of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in collaboration with the Tamale Metropolitan Office of NHIS has held a day’s health screening exercise for Tamale residents.
The health screening exercise was preceded by a float that saw members of the public and officials of NHIA in the region on a float through some principal streets before converging at the Tamale Jubilee Park for the screening exercise.
The exercise, held on Tuesday, formed part of activities to mark the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the NHIS, which is on the theme: “Towards Universal Health Coverage: Increasing Enrolment whilst Ensuring Sustainability.”
Alhaji Hudu Iddrisu, Northern Regional Manager of the NHIA, said “The future is bright and promising as the scheme gears towards universal coverage and further improvements.”
Alhaji Iddrisu said the NHIA would this year implement two major projects which Biometric Registration and Instant Identity Card Issuanc
(SABC News) - “That which is happening in America is fast happening here,” warns Health minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, regarding ever-escalating costs of private healthcare and strong resistance to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), known locally as National Health Insurance (NHI).
Speaking at a workshop at the SABC, the Health minister says the partial shutdown of the US government is an example of resistance to UHC, known in America as the Affordable Care Act or informally as Obamacare. US President Barack Obama has accused Republicans of taking the government hostage to sabotage his signature healthcare law.
Republicans in the House of Representatives view the Affordable Care Act as a dangerous extension of government power, and have coupled their efforts to undermine it with continued efforts to block government funding.
The minister says South Africa and the US have amongst the worst healthcare systems in the world.
(Management Sciences for Health, Cambridge) - As 15 global civil society organizations sign a statement urging UN countries to include UHC in post-Millennium Development goals, the US prepares to open health exchanges
An emerging movement of global leaders of government, civil society and finance is urging United Nations member states, as they meet in New York, to include universal health coverage (UHC) in the next round of global goals for economic development, just as similar reforms take root in the US. Enrollment opens tomorrow for newly created healthcare exchanges which aim to expand accessibility for millions of American families.
Rates of health coverage in the US are already vastly higher than in most developing countries, where coverage is sometimes below 10 percent and health workforce shortages are severe.
(DaijiWorld.com) - Bangalore, Oct 2 (DHNS) : The State government on Tuesday decided to implement ‘Universal Health Coverage’, a scheme which envisages bringing every citizen under a health scheme.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the State Health Mission Authority headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The scheme, which has been planned as per the recommendations of the High-Level Expert Group of the Union Planning Commission, will be launched on a pilot basis in Mysore and Raichur districts.
Health Minister U T Khader said the department will now begin preparations for implementing the scheme which is the first of its kind in the country. The Union government has agreed to fund the pilot project, he added.