ISSA Webinar: Strategies and approaches in extending health care insurance to difficult-to-cover groups

29. September 2022 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Strategies and approaches in extending health care insurance to difficult-to-cover groups

29. September 2022 | Virtual

Thursday, 29 September 2022, 10:00-11:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish
(Simultaneous interpretation  Frequently asked questions)

Effective access to adequate health care is of primal importance for everyone and plays a crucial role in strengthening well-being and societal welfare. Owing to its importance, achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all constitutes a key target of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 – goal 3.8.

Nevertheless, most of the world’s population has no access to health care protection. This stems from underinvestment in public health care services and facilities, limited coverage of health care insurance programmes as well as inefficiencies in the management of available public health facilities and insurance programmes.  

While countries commit to enhance access to health care through improved investment in UHC and extending the coverage of social security protection through the introduction of health care insurance and adopting measures to minimise out-of-pocket cost, certain population groups including retirees, self-employed, workers in the informal economy and their families are precluded from existing health care programmes.

To support the agenda towards UHC, this webinar seeks to look at the specific risks and challenges faced by individuals constituting the so-called difficult-to-cover groups and to present feasible solutions based on experiences of ISSA member institutions in extending health insurance coverage.


Patrick Marx Patrick Marx, International Relations Advisor, EN3S ‒ National School of Social Security, France
Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, Technical Officer – Health system and financing, World Health Organization (WHO), Viet Nam Country Office
Noël Alain Olivier Mekulu Mvondo Akame Noël Alain Olivier Mekulu Mvondo Akame, Director General, National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS), Cameroon

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What is the state of coverage and legal barriers to accessing health care protection?
  • What are the strategies to overcome barriers to access health care benefits?
  • What are the practical approaches to reach and cover difficult-to-cover groups?
  • What are the feasible strategies to improve access to health care benefits and services and minimise out-of-pocket cost?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Technical introduction by the ISSA
  • Case experience of EN3S, France.
  • Case experience of WHO, Viet Nam
  • Case experience of CNPS, Cameroon
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Raúl Ruggia-Frick Moderated by Raúl Ruggia-Frick, Director, Social Security Development Branch, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member institutions and invited participants without registration fee.