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Improving Health Insurance Coverage in LMICs
Most of LMIC countries face challenges to define or to implement their health financing strategies:
- High dependence on external funding;
- Inequitable funding amongst target groups and areas;
- Lack of a financing mechanism to meet the needs of the poor and the informal sector;
- Lack of transparency and reliable information on health financing;
- Inefficiencies in management of the Health System;

Most of these challenges have been solved in European countries where health financing systems are based on insurance mechanisms.

In LMIC, both governmental and non-governmental schemes take over the role of organizing health insurance. In recent years both have applied a range of measures including regulations on health insurance, utilization of new technologies, developing communication strategies, and making health insurance compulsory. All have the aim to achieve a higher outreach to the entire population, including the informal sector and targeting the poor and vulnerable groups.

To identify the main obstacles to Inclusive health insurance coverage in LMIC.

The following Themes will be covered in the event
- Financial access to quality care in a sustainable way
- Health care financing and access to quality care
- Ongoing complexity of insurance function within UHC
- Problematic of Health services financing in regards to financial accessibility of users

The panel will be chaired by Damien Revault, Project Leader at Swiss TPH.

The panelists are:
- Bruno Galland, former Director of Health Systems and Social Protection Department of the “Centre International de Développement et de Recherche” (CIDR)
- Joseph Kutzin, Acting Director, Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization/Geneva
- Pascal NDIAYE, Social Protection Adviser at Louvain Cooperation

Discussion in English and French

Nov 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Zurich

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