Cameroon – Health: Government’s clarifications on universal health coverage and universal health insurance

Written by Deckson N.

The Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, provided some insights during a press briefing held last Friday in Yaoundé.

The Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, believes that universal health coverage is a big challenge for Cameroon. At the press briefing, he clearly identified the difference between universal health coverage, which will reduce inequalities in access to health care in households and universal health insurance. Universal health coverage is supported by three fundamental questions: what services are offered? Who is covered? And how?

We have demonstrated to them that the repairs of the technical group put in place by the Head of Government deal with much more of the great dimension of universal health coverage. This involves, on one hand, organizing and financing health demand and on the other hand organizing and financing the supply of care, “MINSANTE explained, reports Cameroon Tribune on a newsstand on Monday.

In Cameroon, there is already a viable, equitable and financially sustainable national health coverage system in which each individual contributes according to his/her capacities in order to benefit from the same quality health care package. Some regions already apply this with pregnant women through the health check.

The press conference was attended by Minister of Labor and Social Security Grégoire Owona and Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary. “By November 2017, we believe we can propose a framework document describing the whole process presenting the financial projections of this great social project for which we are all called upon,” assured André Mama Fouda.

According to André Mama Fouda, universal health coverage will help to set the twelve pillars of the hospital reform as conceived in 2003, notably in its components devoted to improving the quality of reception and care in hospitals , better availability of medicines, proximity to health centers and continuing education of medical staff. For better coverage, eight referral hospitals will be built in the other regions to remedy medical evacuations.

According to statistics obtained at the Ministry of Public Health, 100 million people are living in poverty because of healthcare spending every year. And in each country, 32% of healthcare costs are borne by patients or their families.

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