The Journey to Universal Health Insurance Coverage: What are the lessons for Uganda and the other LMIC?


Robert Basaza (Lead Editor)
Professor of Public Health and Health Economics, Uganda Christian University, Uganda

Prossy Kiddu Namyalo (Editor)
Public Health Expert and Lecturer, Ndejje University, Uganda

Chrispus Mayora (Editor)
Lecturer and Health Economist, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

Donald S. Shepard (Editor)
Professor at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MA, US

Series: Health Care in Transition
BISAC: HEA028000

Access to healthcare is a universal human right and universal health insurance is one of the instruments towards attainment of universal health coverage. Universal health insurance has been proven to reduce catastrophic episodes at the point of receipt of healthcare to millions of households. This book elaborates on the Uganda’s Journey to universal health insurance coverage and provides lessons that apply to other LMICs. The book elucidates Uganda’s health financing system and details the proposed national health insurance schemes. Besides the local achievements, reference is also made to global success stories of Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, China, among others. Practitioners in similar settings will find this book handy in designing or operating appropriate health financing mechanisms. This book will further contribute towards global development of universal health coverage and subsequently ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Health Financing in Uganda: How Is Uganda Responding to Abuja Declaration?
(Robert Basaza, Prossy K. Namyalo, David Ogubi, Grace Kabaniha and Chrispus Mayora, Gudie Incubation Centre, Kira Town, Uganda, and others)

Chapter 2. Assessment of the Feasibility of Subsidizing Health Insurance for Target Groups in Uganda
(Donald Shapard, Prossy K. Namyalo, Aggrey Kihombo and Robert Basaza, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, US, and others)

Chapter 3. Community Health Insurance in Uganda: The Lonely Journey of Community Health Insurance to Universal Health Insurance Coverage in Uganda with a Case Study of Rwanda
(Prossy K. Namyalo, David Ogubi and Robert Basaza, Ndejje University, Kampala, Uganda)

Chapter 4. Health Cooperatives in Uganda: What Are the Experiences and Lessons for Development of Universal Health Insurance?
(Britt Alexandra Cruz and Jennifer Wenborg, HealthPartners, US)

Chapter 5. National Health Insurance Development in Uganda: The Stakeholder Engagement, Slow Start on the Thorny, Thin Path with Many Rivers, Mountains and Limited Visibility
(Robert Basaza, Prossy K. Namyalo, Thomas S O’Connell and David Ogubi, Gudie Incubation Centre, Kira Town, Uganda, and others)

Chapter 6. The Contribution of Private Commercial Health Insurance to Universal Coverage in Uganda; A Bumpy Ditched Road with Multiple Challenges and Outputs
(Prossy K. Namyalo, Karen Nansubuga, Sam Atuhura, Angela N. Kawooya, Dan Musiime and Robert Basaza, Ndejje University, Kampala, Uganda, and others)

Chapter 7. Healthcare Financing Reforms in Ghana: Key Lessons for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in Uganda
(Samuel G. Anarwat and Donald S. Shepard, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, and others)

Chapter 8. What Are the Key Lessons of the Journey to Universal Health Insurance Coverage? A Measured Quantity, Quality and Types of Reforms May Be Necessary
(Robert Basaza and Prossy K. Namyalo, Gudie Incubation Centre, Kira Town, Uganda, and others)


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