What’s The State Of Health Insurance In Africa?
Africa has the highest burden of disease in the world but as recently as 2007, more than half of African countries spent less than $50 per person on health. Of the total health expenditure, 30 percent came from governments, 20 percent from donors, and 50 percent from private sources including patients themselves paying out-of-pocket.
The burden of paying out-of-pocket is an important barrier for seeking health care in Sub-Saharan Africa and contributes to inequity in access to health care.
Ghana is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa that successfully implemented a social health insurance at a national level. Other countries, including Uganda and South Africa, aim to implement national health insurance, with varying success.
There are country-specific conditions that influence to what extent a country is suitable for healthcare reforms. What’s the state of health insurance in Africa?
Sources: GlobalMedicine, AfricaPortal
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