Rwanda Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Considering Healthcare Insurance to Uninsured Individuals in Rwanda

Sandra Marie Grace Musabwasoni, Abe Oudshoorn


Introduction Rwanda healthcare insurance coverage aims to help  Rwandans with access to healthcare. However, some individuals face  difficulties with obtaining healthcare insurance. This paper provides a critical analysis of policy factors hindering the attainment of total coverage.
Methods A critical policy analysis framework devised from discourse theories by Taylor informed this paper.
Results This paper illustrates the context and antecedents associated with  the issue of uninsuredindividuals. The paper highlighted competing factors and discourses contributing to persistent  gap in healthcare insurance coverage in Rwanda. An example of factors is a limited income of individuals assigned to the second Ubudehe category. It further identifies the nature of the issue and corresponding economic and social  consequences, along with priority action steps required to attain total  healthcare coverage.
Conclusion To address the issue of uninsured individuals, the Government of Rwanda should target segments of population with the lowest rates of coverage, regardless of their income.
Keywords: Rwanda, Healthcare coverage, uninsured, Ubudehe category
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