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The Future of Financing Health Services in Africa
Date:12/2/2008

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare group at Frost & Sullivan (http://www.healthcare.frost.com) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a free webinar on the medical insurance industry in sub-Saharan Africa on Friday 12 December at 16h00 CAT/14h00 GMT.

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Medical insurance as a means of financing healthcare services is a relatively novel concept in most sub-Saharan African countries. However, increasing awareness of the benefits of insurance, driven largely by the introduction of national insurance, has led to a significant expansion of coverage.

"The medical insurance industries in African countries is currently in the introductory to medium growth stage," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Tiwonge Mkandawire. "There is, however, an increasing level of awareness of the benefits of medical insurance cover among members of the general public. This is further supported by government efforts to expand coverage of national health insurance schemes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme and NHIF in Ghana and Tanzania respectively."

This briefing will provide an overview of the medial insurance industries in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Tenzania and Zambia. It will benefit healthcare providers, insurance companies as well as pharmaceutical and medical device suppliers with products that require reimbursement in these markets.

To participate, please email Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications, at patrick.cairns@frost.com with the following information: your full name, title, company name, company telephone number, company e-mail address, city and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be emailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's TEAM Research, Growth Consulting and Growth Team Membership empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan's Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.

     Contact:

     Patrick Cairns
     Corporate Communications - Africa
     P: +27 18 468 2315
     E: patrick.cairns@frost.com

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