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Mutual Health Insurance, Scaling-Up and the Expansion of Health Insurance in Africa

The objective of this paper is to contribute to a common understanding of the concept of expansion of health insurance based on the specific features of community mutual health organizations (MHOs) in Africa. The proposed policy analysis framework presents the expansion of health insurance based on the MHO concept as a process that uses MHO principles to develop health insurance schemes that serve as the foundation for health insurance. The health insurance expansion process is presented as the product Mutual Health Insurance, Scaling-Up and the Expansion of Health Insurance in Africa of the synergy between bottom-up community processes and top-down modes and mechanisms of government intervention to create an environment that encourages scaling up and expanding social health protection coverage in the rural and informal sectors.

Author: Fran├žois P. Diop and Abdoulaye Ba
Published: Apr 19 2010