CSOs to Start Paying Premiums for Health Insurance Soon
Deputy Director of the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Abduljelil Reshad briefed participants of the 243rd General Assembly about the health insurance service. He said the strategy was prepared six years ago, but it has to not been implemented so far because of it was important to be sure about the readiness of health care providers. And it was also important to make sure the availability and easy access of drugs. He said 1200 government and private health facilities have now been chosen to provide the service. The government, according to Abduljelil, has decided all employed people including civil servants or NGO staff to pay premium that is equivalent to 3% of their gross monthly salaries, which is mandatory. Pensioners also have to pay 1% of their pension to get free medical treatment at the selected health institutions.
He said as it is difficult for the agency to reach all NGOs, Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency is trying to contact consortiums to have access to their member CSOs through them, so that they could understand the benefits of the service and start paying premium soon.
“Health financing has been donor dependent. And you, as CSOs, understand well how challenging it is to mobilize resources. Health insurance has been launched for we need to have reliable domestic health financing. As you know the need to raise funds domestically, I hope you will encourage us and be examples and models in implementing the health insurance policy with us,” Abduljelil said.
Abduljelil responded to various questions forwarded to him. He finally called upon the participants to discuss the insurance policy with their staff members and start saving their premiums at the bank. The Agency Deputy Director also expressed his agency’s willingness to attend similar meetings to make clear the health insurance policy to people working in the CSO sector.