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Potential for Financing HIV Services Through Health Insurance Schemes in Tanzania
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Author(s): Bryant Lee, Amos Kahwa, Arin Dutta, and Rosemary Silaa

Primary Language: English

Date: 4/15/2016


The USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) conducted this analysis to explore the current status of benefit packages and the feasibility of incorporating HIV services, including ART, into insurance schemes in Tanzania. We used structured interviews of insurance providers to collect qualitative data and also gathered secondary data from insurers and other sources to provide a basis for profiling different schemes and insurers. Our main objectives were to understand what services and benefits are currently being covered and what barriers prevent insurers from including HIV services within benefit packages, and to offer conclusions on the plausibility of financing HIV services through health insurance in Tanzania. Unlike previous studies, which looked only at the private insurance sector, this analysis also includes schemes managed by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) as well as a micro-insurance provider.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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