Ghana is the first developing country in Africa in which the government implemented a nationwide health insurance. ‘Insuring the Nation’ explores what it takes to organise the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in practice and examines personal experiences of people who make use of the system or are professionally involved.
The film follows the circulation of insurance cards in the rural Wenchi Municipal in 2008. These cards go from hand-to-hand and influence the lives of many people, from patients, doctors and policy advisors to local herbalists and chemical sellers. Meanwhile Dennis, a national health insurance representative, is trying to do a good job. All perspectives explore the many challenges that the NHIS related bureaucracy is facing in the field and provide an insight into what this implementation means for the local community.
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | EDITOR – Brechtje Boeke
Insuring the Nation was made within the framework of the MA Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Ghana is a pioneer in setting up this scheme. The film provides insight in the different challenges the national health insurance program is facing and the work that needs to be (and has already been) done. I want to show Insuring the Nation to those around the world who are involved in this field, but also to those who are used to a one-sided image of Africa. Hopefully this film can broaden their perspective. Furthermore, the film can be used as an example in countries going through a similar transition. You see up close what it takes to implement this rapidly developing scheme, which can have great consequences for a country and its citizens.
Subtitle English, Dutch
Length 22 min.