On June 5th, 2012, Princess Máxima of The Netherlands attended the international Access to Health Insurance congress 2012. This gathering, organized by the Prince Claus Curatorium, ISS, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNSGSA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative and the PharmAccess Foundation, attracted health practitioners, policy makers, financial experts, academics and consumer representatives from around the world.
Speakers from the World Bank, ILO, IFC, large telecommunication companies such as Vodafone, the Hygeia group and health insurance initiatives from Europe, Asia, and Africa stimulated lively debates about the do's and don'ts of health insurance schemes, the prerequisites in low and middle income countries, the knowledge gaps and political agendas necessary to advance access to health and health financing worldwide. Key conclusions were:
• More interdisciplinary research is needed about financial access to health and the role of insurance
• Practitioners and researchers should meet more regularly to exchange experiences
• Best practices should be more systematically communicated and lessons should be drawn
• There is no one size fits all: context is vital and conditionalities are important
• Besides focusing on demand, one should not forget supply-side improvements.
Erasmus University Woudestein