Social health insurance contributes to universal coverage in South Africa but generates inequities: survey among members of a government employee insurance scheme

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dc.contributor.author Goudge, Jane
dc.contributor.author Alaba, Olufunke A
dc.contributor.author Govender, Veloshnee
dc.contributor.author Harris, Bronwyn
dc.contributor.author Nxumalo, Nonhlanhla
dc.contributor.author Chersich, Matthew F
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-05T08:04:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-05T08:04:36Z
dc.identifier.citation ISI
dc.identifier.issn 1475-9276
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/26177
dc.description.abstract Many low- and middle-income countries are reforming their health financing mechanisms as part of broader strategies to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Voluntary social health insurance, despite evidence of resulting inequities, is attractive to policy makers as it generates additional funds for health, and provides access to a greater range of benefits for the formally employed. The South African government introduced a voluntary health insurance scheme (GEMS) for government employees in 2005 with the aim of improving access to care and extending health coverage. In this paper we ask whether the new scheme has assisted in efforts to move towards UHC.
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.subject.lcsh Health insurance - South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Government Employees Medical Scheme (South Africa)
dc.subject.lcsh Health services administration - South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Medical care - South Africa
dc.title Social health insurance contributes to universal coverage in South Africa but generates inequities: survey among members of a government employee insurance scheme
dc.type Article
dc.journal.volume 17
dc.journal.title International journal for equity in health
dataset.nrf.grant eng
dc.description.librarian CW2019
dc.citation.doi 10.1186/S12939-017-0710-Z
dc.citation.epage 13
dc.citation.spage 1
dc.journal.link https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/


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