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Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative



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MedIC Courses in Medicines Policy Analysis


Medicines coverage through health insurance schemes can be a scalable and sustainable means to improving access to and use of medicines. Evidence-based medicines policy decision making is required to achieve maximum benefits at affordable costs. The WHOCCPP offers unique modular Courses in Medicines Policy Analysis. Training is tailored to the needs of a particular organization or group of organizations.

MedIC Courses in Medicines Policy Analysis are primarily intended for policy makers, analysts, actuaries, and others involved in making medicines decisions for health and insurance organizations.


MedIC Courses enhance participants' skills to identify problems in medicines access, affordability and use, and to design, implement, monitor and evaluate medicines policies in health care and insurance systems.


The highly interactive MedIC Courses consist of small and large group case discussions and small group hands-on analyses of health care organization and insurance scheme data. Participants focus on a specific medicines policy issues relevant to their systems and develop post-course plans to design and implement policy interventions to improve key outcomes. The course language usually is English; conducting the course in other languages is possible.

Selected MedIC Course Topics

MedIC Course participants and facilitators address a broad range of questions that arise when making evidence-based medicines policy decisions, including:
  • Why extend coverage for medicines in health insurance schemes?
  • Which groups of enrollees benefit the most from expanded medicines coverage?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of specific medicines policies?
  • What is the best way to design, implement, and manage a formulary?
  • How can routine medicines data be used to develop evidence-based policies?
  • How can insurance schemes evaluate the effects of changes in medicines coverage?
  • What are the best measures for routine monitoring of medicines policies?

MedIC Initative Courses

MedIC Course in Manila, Philippines, September 2007

MedIC Course in Accra, Ghana, November 2008

MedIC Course in Beijing, China, March 2009.

In the future, we plan for MedIC capacity building activities to include in-person learning collaboratives and mentored on-the-job learning, as well as web-based tutorials, on-line interactive learning, on-site technical assistance by project staff, and exchange visits among insurance schemes.

Last updated on January 31, 2012


Information from the Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines, ICIUM2011