One of the challenges that families face in seeking and receiving adequate medical treatment across the world is that of health financing. Basically, how do they pay for treatment when they need it?
In Ecuador, with the generous support of Visa- NetHope, Freedom from Hunger has been piloting a health credit card —basically a line of credit to cover health costs. Families can use the card at a variety of qualified health establishments. In this article, we share the lessons we have learned in piloting and expanding a portfolio of financial tools that people can use to respond to inevitable health costs.