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NHIS Budgets N48b For Pupil’s Enrolment In Nigeria

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Nigeria

(The Leadership) - The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), says it requires N48 billion to implement its proposed coverage for all pupils in public primary schools in the country.

The executive secretary of the scheme, Dr. Femi Thomas made this known in Ado-Ekiti, during an advocacy visit to the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof.

4pc get poorer every year Reveals ICDDR,B study

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Bangladesh

(The Daily Star) - Around 6.4 million or four percent people in Bangladesh get poorer every year due to excessive health cost, revealed an ICDDR,B study yesterday.

It found that 20 percent of the poorest spend 16.5 percent of their household consumption for health reasons, while 20 percent of the richest spend 9.2 percent.

“In Bangladesh, out of the pocket health expenditure is 64 percent, and the rest comes from the government and other sources,” said Dr Jahangir AM Khan of health economics unit at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

He was presenting the study on healthcare expenditure at a workshop at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital.

Need for health insurance

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Pakistan

(Dawn.com) - In Pakistan, public healthcare provision has not been successful in creating health security for the poor. The sector remains grossly underfunded, with public expenditure on health accounting for barely 0.5pc of GDP (of which close to 75pc is spent on salaries).

There are only two countries in the world — Nigeria and Sudan — that spend less than this proportion on health. It is around 1pc for India, 2pc for Bangladesh and Nepal and 3pc for China, while for most developed countries it ranges from 5pc to 7pc.

NDC shoots down NPP NHIA capitation motion

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Ghana

(Spy Ghana) - The Majority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament yesterday positioned itself strategically to shoot down a motion filed privately by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso in the Ashanti Region, Dr Richard Anane, to prevail on the Minister of Health to terminate the on-going Health Insurance ‘Capitation’ programme being implemented by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) because of its negative effect on the health of the people in the region.

After the Nhyiaeso MP had moved his motion and gotten it seconded by the NPP MP for Berekum East, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, the Majority Leader, Dr.

New government's health insurance scheme to benefit 7 lakh families

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India

(IBN Live) - Uttarakhand government on Friday decided to launch a special programme to benefit families not covered under the National Health Insurance scheme. The Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme was cleared by the state cabinet at a meeting in Dehradun, official sources said. Around 7 lakh families in the state, who are not getting benefits of the National Health Insurance scheme, will get medical assistance under the new scheme, they said.

The cabinet also decided to grant OBC status to 143 sub-castes of Anwal community living in Dharchula area of Pithoragarh district, they added.

The way forward for the CHPS programme

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Ghana

(Business Ghana) - The Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) programme, has been hailed as a brilliant strategy to bring health services to the door steps of communities and rightly so.

However, its expansion and adoption can be enhanced if the District Assemblies are made directly responsible, because health delivery at the community level is more of a developmental issue rather than a mere health concern.

And for healthcare to be a central part of development, then the district assemblies should be made to have oversight responsibility for planning, budgeting, delivery and supervision of the CHPS strategy.

The ideal of the CHPS strategy was to relocate nurses to communities where they would work at CHPS zones to promote health services, which include educating the community on basic health issues, treatment of malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal and other childhood illnesses.

The Community Health Officers (CHOs) were also to provide family pl

What does Universal Health Coverage actually mean?

(PLoS) - The aims of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as defined by the World Health Organization, are: “to provide all people with access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation) of sufficient quality to be effective; and ensure that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.” Yet as I studied cancer care and control policies in Andhra Pradesh, India, I realized that I did not fully grasp what this definition of UHC actually entails. I particularly took issue with the phrase “to provide all people with access.” When we say that a country or a state has achieved universal coverage – or in the case of the Rajiv Aarogyasri Scheme (RAS), 87% coverage of the state’s population – what does that mean in practice? At first, I assumed that the expansive reach of RAS ensured that 87% of the population could access free tertiary care.

Study finds ‘free’ health care DOES improve health outcomes

(Humanosphere) - Experts in the fight against poverty, like anyone, can sometimes miss the forest for the trees.

That may be happening in the increasingly heated debate swirling around the global movement for Universal Health Coverage. The gist of this global push, led by folks at the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation and others, is to ensure everyone around the world has access to basic and preventative health services.

Now, people disagree on what is precisely meant by the term ‘universal health coverage,’ aka UHC, but the assumption is that increasing access to essential health care will improve health outcomes and also economic stability – especially for the poor.

Sounds like a good assumption, eh? Not so fast.

Experts in health policy, aid and development say there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that simply increasing access to services improves health outcomes.

Over Rs. 7000 crore for health

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India

(The Hindu) - An amount of Rs. 7005.02 crore has been earmarked for health sector in the budget, an increase of over Rs. 493 crore as compared to last year’s Rs. 6,511 crore. The allocation includes Rs. 757.5 crore for the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.

In the budget tabled in the Assembly, funds have been allocated to upgrade facilities in three medical college hospitals and the Institute of Child Health in the coming fiscal.

The Thanjavur and Tirunelveli medical college hospitals will be upgraded into super-specialty hospitals with modern trauma care centres at a cost of Rs. 300 croreThe Government Stanley Hospital has been allotted Rs. 75 crore to build a specialty tower block. The Institute of Child Health in Egmore, to which the children’s hospital is attached, has been allotted Rs. 14 crore for purchase of modern equipment. The hospital has received around Rs.

Former Minister Of Health Request Termination Of NHIA Capitation Programme In Ashanti region

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Ghana

(Ghana Broadcasting Service) - The MP for Nhyiaeso and former Minister of Health Dr. Richard Anane has urged Parliament to impress upon the Minister of Health to terminate the on-going Health Insurance Capitation programme being implemented by the National Health Insurance Authority in the Ashanti region.

Radio Ghana’s Parliamentary Correspondents Dominic Hlordzi and Augustus Acquaye report that Mr. Anane in a Private Member Motion on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday 13th Febuary 2914, Dr. Anane said the continuous operation of the policy in the region without rolling it out to other parts of the country smacks of discriminatory treatment against the people of the Ashanti region.

He said the capitation policy has rather increased out of pocket payment in the region while service providers operate at a lost.

Dr. Anane’s motion was however, not welcomed by the majority. This led to the moving of an urgent counter motion by the Majority Leader Dr.