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Universal Health Coverage—for a Globally Accessible and Affordable Health Care Service

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1327

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Aida Isabel Tavares
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Guest Editor
1. Lisbon School of Economics and Management, ISEG, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
2. CEISUC, Centre for Health Studies and Research, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: health economics; health policy; health systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the current challenges worldwide is the SDG 3 – Healthy lives and well-being for all. One way that contributes to the achievement of this goal is the development of health systems sustaining the principle Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for the population. Investing and providing UHC implies producing health services (preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative) in the quantity and quality for people in an equitable ground, protecting them from financial hardship. After the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that strengthening health systems towards sustainability and resilience was key to promote and move towards UHC. 

Health systems are structured in different forms of health insurance and are founded in pharmaceutical systems; on the other hand, health systems are interconnected with other different systems and sectors, health in all policies, which contribute to population health through the determinants of health and to their access to health care. UCH is strongly related with the health system but achieving UCH requires a multi-sectorial approach. One may state that UHC is the desired and successful result of the influence and work of a set of factors and components, and their interaction, in a very wide system.

This Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on all these different systems and factors that contribute to the achievement of UHC and health for all. The topics covered in this special include health systems, health insurance, pharmaceutical systems, innovation, and financing, among other topics related with the development of UHC worldwide.

Dr. Aida Isabel Tavares
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • access and service delivery
  • health insurance
  • health systems
  • disease burden
  • financing
  • cost effectiveness
  • provider payment mechanisms
  • technology
  • workforce
  • SDG

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Assessing the Determinants of Compliance with Contribution Payments to the National Health Insurance Scheme among Informal Workers in Indonesia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(23), 7130; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20237130 - 30 Nov 2023
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This study aimed to investigate the determinants of compliance with contribution payments to the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme among informal workers in Bogor Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia. Surveys of 418 informal workers in Bogor Regency from April to May 2023 were [...] Read more.
This study aimed to investigate the determinants of compliance with contribution payments to the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme among informal workers in Bogor Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia. Surveys of 418 informal workers in Bogor Regency from April to May 2023 were conducted. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to assess the factors associated with informal workers’ compliance with NHI contribution payments. The results revealed that being female, having lower secondary education or below, perceiving good health of family members, having negative attitudes toward and poor knowledge of the NHI, experiencing financial difficulties, preferring to visit health facilities other than public ones, and utilizing fewer outpatient services were significantly associated with the noncompliance of informal workers with NHI contribution payments. It was concluded that economic factors alone cannot contribute to informal workers’ payment compliance and that motivational factors (knowledge, attitudes toward the insurance system, and self-related health status) also encourage them to comply with contribution payments. Improving people’s knowledge, especially on the risk-sharing concept of the NHI, should be done through extensive health insurance education using methods that are appropriate for the population’s characteristics. Full article
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