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Health insurance agency invites officials from African countries
  • By Lee Han-soo
  • Published 2019.09.03 15:09
  • Updated 2019.09.03 15:09
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The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) and the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) have invited 20 officials from four African countries of Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania for health insurance training course.

African trainees and Korean health insurance officials stand together during the 2019 International Capacity Building Program for African Countries on Social Health Insurance conference, held at the National Health Insurance Service headquarters in Wonju, Gangwon Province, on Monday.

The training course, titled “2019 International Capacity Building Program for African Countries on Social Health Insurance,” is part of the policy cooperation project that the agency has been conducting since 2013.

“The health insurance training course will focus on expanding Korea’s health insurance system,” the agency said. “The participants will attend lectures on the Korean health insurance system, including basic practical knowledge such as health insurance qualification, imposition, and collection, chronic disease management system, strategic purchasing and payroll management.”

They will also participate in discussion activities to apply the system on their home countries, the agency added.

Following the lectures, the group will visit Wonju Severance Christian Hospital in Gangwon Province, where they will improve the understanding of chronic diseases and health checkups. After completing the training, they will return to Seoul and participate in a workshop on the state health insurance and medical delivery, organized by KOFIH.

“By inviting health insurance officials from four African countries, we will establish a cooperation system with these countries and carry out various cooperation projects to fulfill our role as a global health security leader,” said Kang Sang-baek, director of NHIS’ Global Cooperation Division.

This training course will have a positive impact on the universal health insurance of participating countries and contribute to the expansion of health insurance cooperation projects in Africa, Kang added.


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