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More Ethiopians are aware of the value of health insurance thanks to a collaboration between the Health Finance and Governance project and the country’s health insurance agency.
Ethiopia has a tradition – called idir or kire – of community organizations providing financial help to families for emergencies, such as funerals. But a new form of idir/kire nicknamed “edir/kire while alive” is gaining traction as the Ethiopian government pursues its goal of providing universal health coverage.
That scheme is community-based health insurance, or CBHI. CBHI is health insurance that pools members’ premium payments into a collective fund, which is managed by the members, and covers basic health care costs at local health centers when a member is sick. The insurance is even accepted at hospitals when a member is referred by the lower level health facilities.
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