Can Mobile Payments Improve Healthcare Access in Africa?

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The popularity of mobile commerce in Africa is a well-known — and ongoing — story. Now, global health experts are paying more attention to the prospect of using mobile payments, perhaps bundled with insurance services, to make it easier for people to get well.

Africa has relatively low rates of health insurance, and the amount spent on healthcare in the continent is also low. But mobile payments are emerging as a promising candidate to help reverse


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