Social health protection: Addressing inequities in access to health care

The Sustainable Development Goals placed strong focus on the urgency need to expand universal health coverage. However, as it stands more than half of the world’s more than 7.3 billion people do not receive all of the essential services they need. This course will provide participants with a practical understanding of key approaches to health financing policies for UHC and different financing options, including specific scheme design, and consolidation into a coherent health system. Participants will also gain insights into the drivers of inequity within social health protection systems, and how these can be addressed, including approaches to include hard-to-reach groups.

The course is run in partnership with the P4H- Global Health Financing and Social Health Protection Network, allowing it to draw on a diverse pool or expertise and provide participants an entry point to a global network that can be used for continued learning and engagement.  

The course is designed for executives, managers, planners, financial officers and other professionals responsible for health care and health insurance schemes, both in the government and non-governmental sectors. Representatives of employers' and workers' organizations are particularly welcome. The course primarily addresses the needs of practitioners and policy makers; however, individuals working in research roles within health systems will also benefit from participating in this training activity.

This course enables participants to: 

  • know about main determinants of inequities of social health protection systems
  • identify and analyse root causes of inequities in access to health care
  • recall main ILO concepts and definitions (coverage, effective access, affordability, quality, financial protection)
  • assess (dis-)advantages of various financing mechanisms for social health protection
  • evaluate impact and costs of social health insurance and government tax-funded systems
  • respond to the specific needs of vulnerable groups to progress towards equity in access to health car
  • gain an international perspective on global initiatives on access to health care