Health Insurance for All Employees; an Output of the NDC

By NY Staff

The national dialogue conference comes up with different outputs on all levels. The government points the public policy for health affairs and oversees the function of the level of implementation of these policies and establishes an independent authority to provide integrated health care services.

The NDC emphasizes the importance of the state to provide health care for all employees and the attention to the need for the establishment of organizations and attention to health insurance, which guarantees citizens adequate health care and special attention to maternal, child and chronic diseases.

The state is committed to fulfilling and the protection of health rights for all citizens, especially vulnerable and marginalized groups such as; children, women, the elderly and people with special needs as a human right guaranteed by the state without discrimination through the development of social and economic policies aimed to reduce and distribute the burden of the disease and to provide access to health services, including prevention, treatment and awareness.

Health insurance is an agreement between two parties in which the first party shall bear the expenses incurred on the treatment services provided to the second party (individual or group) for a fixed amount, to be paid once or in part.

The health insurance is the concept of the distribution of the perceived risk, which may be faced by the individual, leading to ease the burden and costs incurred when treating medical conditions suffered by the insured, and so is a social system based on cooperation and solidarity between individuals carrying unable to afford one of them alone. Also, the health insurances includes  the solution to many health dilemmas as that for the benefit of all parties, starting with citizen, insured,  work and the end of the service providers (health insurance).

 One of the outputs is that to ensure health insurance for all employers whether in government or the private sector. The state is committed to work on the establishment of the protection of national health insurance quality and facilitate the access for all citizens without discrimination, within the framework of the development of the values of solidarity and equality.

With the increase in the cost of health services has become a disease that threatens everyone which does not constitute worry or trouble in physical suffering as much as the accompanying financial burdens. So they have to carry the vast majority of citizens because the entry level reduced while costs have increased, and without health insurance, available choices for these patients is to have patience for the disease with no treatment or resorting to sell property or borrow and sometimes resort to unethical practices such as theft, bribery or begging.

One study has shown that the percentage of those who resort to borrowing money when they need it for their condition is between 18% – 40%, while the proportion of those who resort to sell their property are between 7% – 27%.

The percentage of the employees in Yemen is 40%.

The state employees are almost half a million employees. As for those who work in the private sector are approximately three million employees. And 60% work in agriculture.

Dr. Ali Alwaleedi  member of the national dialogue conference confirms  that the priorities of the dialogue conference is coming up and see the matrix integrated health easy application in life to ensure access to health services for all people without discrimination.

Safa Algasoos the advisor to the World Health Organization and director of quality at the Jordanian Ministry of Health said that the health sector cannot succeed without partnering with the private sector and Yemen must have specific standards that fit with it, she refers to the importance of health insurance to pay medical institutions for accreditation and thus reduce medical errors.