Incorporate iCHF enrolment model into envisaged UHC-call

STAKEHOLDERS have advised that members enrolment model of the improved Community Health Fund (iCHF) be adopted when the envisaged Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is ready for implementation.

Health stakeholders were of the view that the iCHF enrolment model has been successful in reaching out to majority of people at grassroots since they were able to register with the scheme easily.

The latter was speaking in Dar es Salaam recently during the dissemination of findings for the iCHF, the studies which were conducted by the Swiss Government funded Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government.

“One of successes of the iCHF that should be adopted by the forthcoming Universal Health Coverage is the members’ enrolment approach,” advised Mr Sylvery Maganza, coordinator of the iCHF at the President’s Office, Regional Administration, and Local Government.

Speaking at the sidelines of the findings dissemination workshop in Dar es Salaam, he said the public highly needed the iCHF, noting that the findings will help to further improve and strengthen the iCHF to offer better services.

Mr Maganza informed that since establishment of the Fund, a total of 4.4 million members have been enrolled.

Commenting, Ms Jacqueline Matoro, the National Project Officer at the Swiss Embassy, commended the government of Tanzania for the cooperation and support it continues to provide towards the implementation of the HPSS project.

“We hope these findings will form the basis for a further technical conversation to inform policy direction,” she said.

The workshop also sought to engage researchers, policymakers, insurers and the insurance regulator on the scientific study findings and recommendations on the contributions of CHF insurance scheme as well as the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to the UHI.

Mr Ally Kebby, HPSS Project Manager, said the studies aimed at looking at how the iCHF could become sustainable and how to enrol more people from the informal sector.

“Health insurance system must be sustainable because health services without insurance are a big challenge,” Mr Kebby stated.

Some of the findings about community awareness on the iCHF indicated that 98 per cent of respondents said they have heard about the iCHF before.

They further mentioned cost saving as among key reasons for joining the scheme, avoiding paying cash when they fall sick.

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