Rwanda's health insurance as a model for Africa | Global 3000



antoinette NEMA ruta is finally getting treatment at the hospital in kabul she's been suffering for days from headaches and stomach cramps her village some 40 kilometers away has just one clinic and no doctor here at the hospital she can get a proper examination and undergo tests she would probably not have been treated today if she hadn't been signed up to the country's public health insurance scheme health insurance is very important because it gives us access to medical treatment without coverage treatment becomes expensive people can't afford to pay doctor's bills on their own we've that access to health care has been enhanced by the arrival of new ambulances across Rwanda and the decentralized system gives doctors at the hospital more time for their patients minor ailments can be treated at one of the 200 or so rural health care centers serving villages sexy men each facility also has a doctor present once a week to see the most serious cases Santi Santi Antoinette's treatment today will cost her the equivalent of 20 Euro cents the rest is covered by the Insurance Program she also has to pay 10 percent of the cost of her medication it feels like down a scalpel no scrap we want to see more hospitals built that way patients don't have to travel such long distances to see a doctor there are only a few people like me who can afford to buy a bus ticket for the journey the hospital in Shibuya is one of more than 40 in the country as a whole Rwanda has one doctor for every 18 thousand inhabitants many patients face a long trip just to reach a doctor once there however treatment is available and affordable the overall situation has improved the changes to the health insurance system mean that people can get treatment when they're sick instead of staying at home that has made a big difference over the last five years Rwanda has enjoyed rapid economic growth in recent years parts of the health care system are now financed by state funding plus revenue from health insurance the Minister of Health Agnes bina Graha says health care services are now being used by more than 80% of those insured we have made progress people have more uptake of Health Services and of tools innovative – we are providing them like vaccinations etc family planning but we still have a long way to go and me I'm prefer to focus on what we didn't achieve than to focus on what we have achieved because we still have a long way to go ruined clavo in eastern Rwanda is a case in point the local hospital is now less dependent on foreign aid the American NGO partners in health help to build the facility the wards capacity has increased to 110 in patients but most of the work here is now taken care of by Rwandan doctors Partners in Health still sends regular donations however to ensure ongoing improvements to the system to help the population bringing healthcare and also social support even the community they support them to be much financially capable because some patient with poor but they try to help them to sustain the economy by some support them in areas that they would like for us to be able to support as we discuss the medical education is one of the area of need and for the time being really supporting in terms of building the capacity of the health professionals is an area that is key the dividends from that International Cooperation are visible on the ground and in the statistics infant mortality and childbirth related complications are declining plus the proportion of children surviving their fifth birthday is increasing for people are not paying and they're receiving subsidized saboteurs help I think the government still has a lot of responsibility to be able to provide to that because it's actually a lot of people but I think they meet well system is building up itself to be a strong and sort of autonomous entity back to Kabul on the shores of Lake Eva the government recently spent about half a million euros on this water ambulance we have a plan what we are going to do what we are going to do next year etc so up to the time we take over and for the time being we take over because the aid decrease last two years the EDF decree but we have increased the quantity of care we are giving so it's another way to take over and like we have recruited more than 1,000 nos the last two years more than 200 doctors with our money the plan also includes making sure that patients in less accessible areas such as Lake ki-woo can be picked up by the aquatic ambulance you

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  1. Dull unimpressed !! Libya used to have an advanced healthcare system . Till lies , George Sorry Soros "I'm A God" , NATO , Obama , Sudan , Gulf States , Turkey , UAE all decimated it . Who's gonna provide coverage to ppl exposed to depleted uranium ? I'm venting online on this .

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