Health care policy in Rwanda

Also, the co-pays can be overwhelming. Even $5 for a Caesarean section can be too much for people as close to the edge as the Yankulijes, who live by growing beans and sweet potatoes and wear American castoffs (Mrs. Yankulije’s T-shirt read “Wolverines Football”).

Apparently there is 92 percent coverage, through a government plan, backed by NGOs, for a premium of $2 a year.  It is estimated that the total Rwandan health care bill, in a year, is $307 million.  The article is interesting throughout.  I liked this part:

“If people pay the $2 and then don’t get sick all year, they sometimes want their money back,” said Anja Fischer, an adviser to the Health Ministry from GTZ, the German government’s semi-independent aid agency.


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