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The national health insurance scheme in Ghana: Implementation challenges and proposed solutions:

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  • Gajate-Garrido, Gissele
  • Owusua, Rebecca

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Healthcare financing through social health insurance has become a very important tool in providing access to and utilization of health services in most developing countries such as Ghana. Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is a promising tool for policymakers. Yet since its inception in 2003, few studies have assessed the scheme. This paper aims to explore the challenges facing the District Mutual Health Insurance Schemes (DMHISs), how these challenges have been managed over the years, and what can be done to improve the DMHIS operation. The scope of this study is to improve policies and guide support for Ghanaian DMHISs as well as to provide recommendations when implementing future NHISs in a developing-country context.

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  • Gajate-Garrido, Gissele & Owusua, Rebecca, 2013. "The national health insurance scheme in Ghana: Implementation challenges and proposed solutions:," IFPRI discussion papers 1309, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1309
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    1. Vincent Z. Kuuire & Eric Y. Tenkorang & Andrea Rishworth & Isaac Luginaah & Alfred E. Yawson, 2017. "Is the Pro-Poor Premium Exemption Policy of Ghana’s NHIS Reducing Disparities Among the Elderly?," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 36(2), pages 231-249, April.
    2. repec:eme:ijsepp:ijse-11-2016-0333 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Jacob Novignon & Justice Nonvignon & Richard Mussa, 2018. "The poverty and inequality nexus in Ghana: A decomposition analysis of household expenditure components," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 45(2), pages 246-258, February.
    4. repec:eee:socmed:v:207:y:2018:i:c:p:25-37 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Gajate-Garrido, Gissele & Ahiadeke, Clement, 2015. "The effect of insurance enrollment on maternal and child health care utilization: The case of Ghana," IFPRI discussion papers 1495, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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