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56% of Georgian Citizens Ready to Co-fund Personal Health Insurance Jointly with Government

Transparency International – Georgia has conducted a public survey all over the country on March 16-28, 2016. The survey was carried out by the Caucasus  Research Resource Centers (CRRC) and 2032 citizens were questioned all over the country.

According to the survey, the ratio of Georgian citizens, who are ready to co-fund personal health insurance services has increased by 10% compared to 2015. Namely, 56% of Georgian citizens are ready to fund their own health insurance services jointly with the government.

The corresponding analysis suggests that this category of Georgian citizens accounts for 2.5 million persons.  Transparency International – Georgia is sure that the Georgian government should take into account the fact that a major part of our population is ready to share the responsibility for funding their own health insurance services jointly with the Authorities if they are offered acceptable and adapted packages.

“We believe this is an important fact that enables the government of Georgia to replace equalization method by differentiating method and identify the expectations of this part of our citizens regarding the desirable health insurance services and direct the freed resources to socially vulnerable citizens and improving the healthcare sector in general.

In this situation the Authorities should replace the universal healthcare program by a state insurance program based on co-funding principle for a certain category of beneficiaries. This program should be carried out by insurance companies and all beneficiaries will have the option to choose desirable insurance company.

The Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Protection should develop an effective mechanism for preventing evasion from recipes system and ensure timely moving to the digital prescription system and carry out efficient monitoring of the electronic recipes”, Transparency International – Georgia noted.