Insurance Education and Enrollment in the National Health Insurance Scheme of Ghana
Insurance Education and Enrollment in the National Health Insurance Scheme of Ghana – Sharing the Results and Lessons Learned from a Study in Northern Ghana, January 15, 2013, Tamale, Ghana
Freedom from Hunger and Innovations in Poverty Action (IPA) will host a dissemination workshop on January 15, 2013 in Tamale, Ghana to share and discuss implications of findings from a two year study of the impact of health insurance education on enrollment of clients of microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Starting in the fall of 2010, Freedom from Hunger with support from the ILO Microinsurance Innovation Facility, partnered with IPA and MFI Sinapi Aba Trust (SAT) to develop and test the effect of health insurance education with microfinance clients in the Northern District of Ghana. A rigorous study completed in September of 2012 looked at the impact of the education on the decision of clients to enroll or re-enroll in the NHIS. The study has yielded important lessons and findings on the ongoing barriers to health insurance enrollment for low income families, and on the characteristics of microfinance clients who are enrolled in insurance
This interactive meeting of practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders is being planned to provide an opportunity to share what has been learned and to hear from the MFI implementers, MFI clients, and NHIS about how these lessons might be used to continue to advance regional and national goals of universal coverage of all Ghana citizens.
The meeting is open to individuals and representatives of organizations interested in extending health insurance protection to low income populations.