Success Story: Road map for Implementation of a National Health Insurance Scheme in St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean in the West Indies

Unser geschäftsführender Partner Markus Bazan war im Juli 2018 für die Europäische Kommission mit einem kleinen Team im Einsatz in St. Lucia, einem Inselstaat des östlichen Karibikstaatenverbundes.

Regelmäßig nehmen Mitglieder von BAZAN an Auslandseinsätzen für die Europäische Kommission teil, so zuletzt auch in Viet Nam für die Viet Nam Social Security (Viet Nam Einheitsversicherung) im Herbst 2016.

In St. Lucia sollte die Agenda für eine umfassende Gesundheitsreform mit Vorbildcharakter für die restliche Karibik vorbereitet werden. Alle wesentlichen gesellschaftlichen Gruppen waren einzubeziehen. Die Federführung lag beim Ministerium für Gesundheit. Die Blaupause sieht eine Mindestabsicherung gegen Krankheitsrisiken für alle Bürger von St. Lucia vor. Die Refinanzierung soll über einen Mix aus Arbeitnehmer- und Arbeitgeberbeiträgen sowie aus Steuermitteln erfolgen.

Der Europäische Projektsteuerer war die SOCIEUX+, einem mit der deutschen GZ vergleichbaren Agentur auf Europäischer Ebene, die zurzeit von einem Konsortium aus Frankreich, Belgien und Spanien geführt wird.

 

More about SOCIUX+ and the EC’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid

The European Union (EU) promotes and maintains dialogue on social protection and inclusive employment policies with an increasing number of partner countries. This effort has been confirmed in the European Commission (EC) Communication COM (2016) 740 final - “Proposal for a new European Consensus on Development Our World, our Dignity, our Future”. A significant number of cooperation activities in different countries related to these fields are funded by geographic or thematic instruments. However, a gap had been observed in the EU cooperation with third countries with regard to providing support to short-term measures and peer-to-peer cooperation to promote the development of social protection.

SOCIEUX+ - EU Expert Facility on Employment, Labour and Social Protection – (hereafter: “the Facility” or “SOCIEUX+”) is a technical assistance facility set-up and co-funded by the EU (through the EC’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid), France, Spain and Belgium and implemented by a partnership composed of four partners: Expertise France, leader of the implementation Partnership (hereafter: “the Partnership”), the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP), Belgian International Cooperation on Social Protection (BELINCOSOC) and Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC).

The general objective of the facility is to expand and improve access to better employment opportunities and inclusive social protection systems in partner countries.

The specific objective is to enhance the capacities of partner countries to better design, manage and monitor inclusive, effective, and sustainable employment strategies and social protection systems through peer-to-peer short-term technical assistance and knowledge development.

SOCIEUX+ supports the efforts of Partner Countries (PCs) of the EU in the reform, development and extension of their social protection systems and the strengthening of labour & employment policies. The Facility aims at enhancing the capacities of partner countries to better design, manage and monitor inclusive, effective, and sustainable employment strategies and social protection systems through peer-to-peer short-term technical assistance and knowledge development.