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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