Private health insurance for the poor

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Development countries bear over 90% of the world’s disease burden. The OECD DevCentre offer’s their policy insight on how private health insurance can help lighten this oppressive weight:

Private for-profit and not-for profit schemes are emerging… [as] a potential improvement in risk sharing for a larger part of the population… In particular non-profit group-based insurance schemes could become an important pillar of the health-financing system.

The demand is definitely there. As Tyler Cowen points out, some of Africa’s neglected poor have resorted to developing their own safety nets.

For more, see the new PSP-One site or this World Bank reading list.

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