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Oxfam warns countries not to copy Ghana’s “flawed” health insurance scheme

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1630
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Ghana’s new health insurance scheme benefits far fewer people than is claimed and should not be held up by the World Bank as a model for expanding free universal healthcare in other low and middle income countries, says a new report by Oxfam.

Rather than two thirds of the population being covered by the scheme, as Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority and the World Bank have claimed, less than a fifth of Ghanaians could be benefiting, the charity says. Its report claims that most people have to continue to pay out of their own pockets for their healthcare.

An Oxfam health policy adviser, Anna Marriott, told the …

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