Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Delegate Name: Joel Beard
Delegate: Joel Beard
Country: DR Congo
Topic: Expanding access to medical resources
The health system in the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently considered is considered to have a well functioning form of a health care system. The country is divided up into 11 provinces and each province is divided up into health districts. Each has primary systems of health care. Religious organizations also contribute heavily to the health system and have for hundreds of years. There are both state run health centers and for profit health centers that are usually accessed only by those that have money to pay them. In spite of this medical infrastructure, the country was rated poorly on its ability to fund health care to all of its citizens, not in regards to their financial ability.
Unfortunately, in some areas of the country, the medical system has mostly collapsed, and adequate health care is only available to the rich, while the poor are left to fend for themselves or travel long distances to other districts in search of health care providers. About 3% of the country’s money is spent on health care costs. Overall, access to quality health care within the country is considered to be quite poor. Only about half of the population is able to pay for the health care that they use.
The DRC has come up with a new solution to solve many of the stated issues which is to increase the DRC’s budget for setting up hospitals and decreasing the cost by making a medical insurance system which will give all citizens private healthcare. The DRC believes this solution to be good at giving citizens the opportunity to better healthcare and satisfying the needs of most people in the nation.