The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research with the WHO Health Financing Unit organised a Webinar on 23 March, 1 PM CET, to share outcomes of a programme of research to understand how initiatives to empower citizens have contributed to enabling them to exercise their health insurance entitlements.
Several LMICs have introduced publicly funded health insurance programs as central to their strategy to move closer to UHC. However, despite sometimes impressive increases in coverage, people continue to face major barriers to accessing -quality care due to a lack of information about benefits or challenges of navigating access to care.
In response to this, governments as well as civil society organizations (CSOs) have established a range of initiatives to empower citizens to realize their health insurance entitlements.
To better understand how these initiatives might be strengthened, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research in collaboration with the WHO Health Financing Unit supported a programme of research to understand how a range of such initiatives have (or not) contributed to enabling citizens to exercise their health insurance entitlements.
This webinar a) provides an overview of the research programme and illustrates key lessons gleaned across the countries: b) goes in-depth into understanding how initiatives in Colombia, India and Indonesia have contributed to citizen empowerment and health insurance responsiveness and what remains to be done; and c) engages policymakers, health financing experts and CSO representatives to reflect on key emergent themes.
This webinar is the 16th of the HGF series.