ISSA Webinar: Health coverage - Regulatory aspects and strategies to tackle inefficiencies

14 October 2021 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Health coverage - Regulatory aspects and strategies to tackle inefficiencies

14 October 2021 | Virtual

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 10:00−11:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation available using the Zoom App only)

More and more countries are making social protection a priority and extending health coverage to all populations. This trend has inflamed due to the global health crisis, primarily affecting the poorest and the least protected. Universal Health Coverage (UHC), allowing all individuals and communities to receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship, includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services.

The increased demand for health services translates into the search for a balance between the financing allocated to health and expenditure, while continuing to preserve the quality of the offer and to meet the needs of the population.

To address these challenges, health systems can benefit from regulatory frameworks, which address key aspects such as the control of benefits paid, the territorial planning of the supply of care, the definition, valuation and pricing of the basket of care and the methods of its financial coverage by health insurance.

This webinar will introduce the various regulatory aspects and how they can be used to improve health coverage. It will illustrate new strategies that have emerged to tackle inefficiencies, with the aim to better link the amount of expenditure covered by the community to its proper use and to its effectiveness.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar on health coverage, the first of a series on various aspects of this major challenge related to the ISSA’s four triennial topical priorities.


Ali Ghufron Mukti Ali Ghufron Mukti, Chair of the ISSA Technical Commission on Medical Care and Sickness Insurance and President Director, Social Security Administering Body for the Health Sector (BPJS Kesehatan), Indonesia
Shri Mukmeet S. Bahtia Mukhmeet Singh Bhatia, Director General, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, India
Patrick MarxElise Debiès Patrick Marx, International Relations Advisor and Elise Debiès, Director of International Affairs, EN3S ‒ National School of Social Security, France
Shahram Ghaffari Shahram Ghaffari, Director General of Health Services Purchasing Department, Iranian Social Security Organization, Islamic Republic of Iran

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the principles and methodological bases for defining the regulatory aspects of health coverage?
  • Which methodological tools and regulatory strategies are used by countries considering their political, economic, demographic and technical realities?
  • Which strategies have proven efficient to reduce the supplier induced demand, which is a source of inefficiency in health systems?
  • What is the role of health data and how has this been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Introduction by the ISSA
  • Health coverage: Corpus on regulatory aspects
  • Case experiences from India
  • Case experience from Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Q&A – Panel 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 organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.