Social health insurance schemes in Africa leave out the poor

by Ama Pokuaa Fenny, Robert Yates, Rachel Thompson
International Health, Published: 09 January 2018

3 pp. 191 kB

Some African countries, grappling with dissatisfaction from the public over exorbitant fees charged by health sector providers, have introduced social health insurance schemes as a way to ensure access to all income groups, especially the poor. However, relatively little is known about the experience of how countries that have adopted this health financing strategy have tackled the issue of ensuring coverage of the poor. A comparative study of five African countries sought to help fill this gap by looking at how social health insurance schemes have been able to cover the poor or not, as the case may be.

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