InfoSure Health Insurance Evaluation Methodology & Information System- Brief Description


InfoSure is a methodological instrument for assessing and evaluating health insurance schemes, both on the community and national level as well as in comparison with others. The tool has been developed by the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH) Sectoral project “Elaboration and Introduction of Social Health Insurance Systems in Developing Countries” in collaboration with the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITG), Belgium, and the AOK Health Insurance Fund of Germany.

InfoSure aims to support a detailed survey and structured analysis of the development, organisation and performance of health insurance systems. The methodology takes account of the complex nature of a health care and insurance system and the environment in which it is embedded. A comprehensive questionnaire covers almost all important aspects relative to a health insurance scheme. In this manner, the tool helps to understand the specific way in which the health insurance has developed. Moreover, key factors contributing to success or failure are likely to be identified. The information can be used to analyse single systems and to compare different schemes. As such, InfoSure is not only a Health Insurance Evaluation Methodology but also an information system. It can be used as a counselling instrument.

Through its internet database, InfoSure provides world-wide access to comparable and well structured information from existing health insurance systems. The tool is designed to provide both, qualitative and quantitative information including statistical data. In addition, it is capable to generate reports and templates of reports in order to facilitate the assessment and comparison of health insurance schemes. The system is available in three languages (English, French and Spanish). Taking all these different functions into account, InfoSure is regarded as a best practice model for consultancy services.