(Business Day) - Universal health care (UHC) sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, usually refers to a healthcare system which provides health care and financial protection to all its citizens. It is organised around providing a specified package of benefits to all members of a society with the end goal of providing financial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health outcomes. Universal health care is not a one-size-fits-all concept; nor does it imply coverage for all people for everything. Universal health care can be determined by three critical dimensions: who is covered, what services are covered, and how much of the cost is covered.
According to Kenneth Ojo, a health economist, “access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of a healthy life for everyone.
(All Voices) - Lack of health care providers or lack of money to pay for medicine results in 100 million people being reduced to poverty every year, the head of the World Bank said Tuesday.
In remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said economic growth is not possible without universal health care.
"All countries must harness investments in other sectors beyond health that provide the essential foundations for a healthy society," he added.
"Achieving universal health coverage requires solutions beyond the health sector, including investments in people, like education and social protection, but also things like roads, water and sanitation, and information technology.
(Jagran Josh) - Karnataka became the first State in India to provide Universal Health Coverage to its population. It achieved the distinction with the launch of Rajiv Arogya Yojana on 9 January 2014.
The Scheme entails the beneficiary to pay only 10 percent of the cost of treatment or procedures. It aims at providing subsidized healthcare to virtually every citizen in the State with Above Poverty Line (APL) card.
The BPL families are already covered under health scheme through Vajpayee Arogya Sree programme.
Under the scheme, APL family members are entitled for health check up to 1.5 lakh rupees per annum. In special cases, if the expenditure exceeds 1.5 lakh rupees, the government grants another 50000 rupees.
The scheme covers 447 procedures and 50 follow-up packages.
(Daily Times Nigeria) - A non-governmental organisation, the Real Visionaries Initiative has urged the Federal Government to increase budgetary allocation to health and increase the universal coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme as obtained in other developing countries such as Ghana, Kenya and South-Africa.
President/National Coordinator of the initiative, Dr.
(Spy Ghana) - Ministry of Health is to hold a stakeholders meeting to discuss the implementation of capitation payment to healthcare service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
A press statement copied to the Ghana News Agency by the Ministry, said the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) had over the last couple of years introduced capitation as an additional provider payment mechanism of NHIS in the Ashanti Region.
“Various stakeholders have expressed concerns and different position on the introduction of capitation payment method.
(The Guardian) - UNTIL now, health insurance is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), endorsed by several studies and certified by various professional bodies as a single tool that will help ensure universal access to affordable health, reverse poor health statistics and strengthen the health system.
Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies
(World Bank News) - Thank you, Steve, and good morning everyone.
I want to thank CSIS for taking on the ambitious topic of universal health care for emerging economies.
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.
(IRIN News) - The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.
The government aims to have every Indonesian covered by health insurance by 2019 under a new scheme called Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN), with nearly 20 trillion rupiah (US$1.6 billion) allocated to cover premiums for the poor in 2014.
Around 65 percent of the country’s 240 million people, including 86 million categorized as poor, are covered by some form of regional or national health programme and are automatically entitled to comprehensive coverage under the JKN, which has replaced the previous health schemes.
“This is a great programme. It should mean that people will no longer be denied treatment because they don’t have money,” said Wawan Mulyawan, a neurosurgeon and medical insurance consultant who works at a private hospital in Jakarta, the capital.
(Ghana Web) - The Ministry of Health (MOH) will on Friday hold a stakeholders meeting to discuss the implementation of capitation payment to healthcare service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
A statement from the MOH, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the National Health Insurance Authority has over the last couple of years introduced capitation as an additional NHIS provider payment mechanism in the Ashanti Region.
It said the pilot project had highlighted challenges that it had addressed to ensure successful adoption of the capitation payment method nationwide.
“Various stakeholders have expressed concerns and different positions on the introduction of capitation payment method.
“The variation in the positions expressed by different stakeholders makes it very necessary to precede the scaling up program with stakeholder meeting to address concerns of stakeholders,” it said.
The meeting, therefore, aims to examine the technical sub-comm
(Ghana Web) - Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah says the suggestion of a one-time National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) premium did not reflect in the manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2008.
He said discussion on that suggestion, which was one of the prominent messages of the NDC during the 2008 electioneering campaign period, has been put down the gurgler.
“We have put that behind us,” Mr Mensah stated on TV3’s Hot Issues on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
“We are no longer discussing one-time premium.