Global development agency World Bank is examining Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and 19 other countries around the globe for a study on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
According to the Bank, the 22 countries were selected as samples that have significantly expanded access to health care within the last decade, with the aim of providing fiscal solutions to healthcare challenges and helping countries make more informed health policies.
The other countries are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.
Business Day noted that the Nigerian study focuses on one of its South region states, Ondo, and is titled, ‘Toward Synergy and Collaboration.’
The study also revealed that although methods to UHC actualization differ, the sampled countries shared some common implementation instruments which included an explicitly defined benefits package; expansion of coverage financed by general taxation; enrollment requirements; and reform of public provision of health services, all backed by strong political support.
In tandem, the bank also released a study on the U.S. state of Massachusetts, which has nearly achieved UHC statewide, and an analysis of the impact of UHC efforts in the developing world, Business Day said.