Reaching the informal sector.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development and implementation of government policy on population health. In particular, the Ministry of Health ensures equitable access to health care services.
The government of Morocco approved two reforms in 2005 to expand health insurance coverage. The first is a payroll-based mandatory health insurance plan for public-and formal private–sector employees to extend coverage from the current 16 % of the population to 30 %. The second creates a publicly financed fund—RAMED—to cover services for the poor.
Both reforms aim to improve access to high-quality care and reduce disparities in access and financing between income groups and between rural and urban dwellers. In 2011, Morocco declared a right to health and health coverage for all in its Constitution. Today, close to 50% of the population is covered. However, out-of-pocket expenditures remain high, accounting for over half of total health spending.
by Emmanuel K Dogbevi
by Sarah Taguiam, The Phnom Penh Post
KaSAPI partners PhilHealth with existing microfinance institutions, rural banks, cooperatives, and other organized groups to better target and efficiently enroll groups of informal sector workers into the PhilHealth national insurance program (NHIP).
Mali is beginning the pilot phase of its national strategy to extend health coverage to 80% (informal sector and rural agricultural workers) of its population through mutuelles de santé, or community-based health insurance schemes (CBHI).
Kenya's National Hospital Insurance Fund is in the final stages of recruiting dealers for a new program that uses mobile phone technology and commercial intermediaries to expand enrollment and increase revenue. All other elements of the program are ready for a July 5th launch that will commemorate NHIF&rsquo