Access to healthcare
Louvain Coopération responds to this problem by setting up community health insurances. Thanks to these insurances, members pay a membership fee adapted to their means. In exchange, they have direct access to basic healthcare at a reduced cost. This contingency mechanism helps to prevent the disastrous consequences of direct payments which are substantially higher, and gives populations more independence with regards to their health. The money saved by the insurance is then reinvested to improve services.
Louvain Coopération’s healthcare access projects aim to develop community health insurances by following three guiding lines:
Louvain Coopération works to increase the membership of community health insurances. To do so, the NGO expands the scope of existing structures and also creates new structures in regions without a social protection system. This is achieved through vast awareness initiatives informing populations about the advantages of the insurance. Many communication and promotion campaigns are organized in villages that do not have a healthcare system. More than 50,000 people are now subscribed to a community health insurance.
Louvain Coopération improves and extends the range of services offered by a community health insurance. As the quality of healthcare is directly linked to its accessibility, these projects are carried out in close collaboration with the NGO’s healthcare programs. The improvement of healthcare services is supported by UCL’s Public Healthcare Department and our field staff to guarantee optimal patient care.
Finally, improving access to healthcare also means decreasing costs. That is why the projects aim to further reduce the price paid by members for consultations and treatments.
Community health insurances enable fair access to healthcare. Not only do they help treat sick patients, they also help to prevent illnesses from occurring in the first place. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.