Health care in Georgia is currently available for very rich and very poor

As the lead key informant to the policy brief on Medical Insurance for the Poor: impact on access and affordability of health services in Georgia says, the “health care in Georgia is currently affordable for very reach and very poor”. This conclusion grounds on the findings of the study that explored one of the most critical issues- affordability of health care services in Georgia. The matter is among top five most important national issues for a large part of the Georgian population. Medical Insurance for the Poor (MIP), a public program initiated in 2007, provides private insurance coverage to one fifth of the Georgian population and is aimed to protect its beneficiaries from financial hardship and impoverishment that may be caused by health care expenditures.

The study assessed the impact of Medical Health Insurance (MIP) for the Poor on equity in access to essential health care services and financial protection against health care costs for the poor and general population. The document briefly describes identified accomplishments and shortcoming of the public private partnership in realization of MIP and discusses emerging policy options and policy recommendations on the future of MIP.

The study was financially and technically supported by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research/World Health Organization and carried out by Curatio International Foundation.

Read the full version of the Policy Brief here to find out more on key findings, achievements and policy recommendations.

Read the full study report.

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