Government To Undertake Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme

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The other funders are private sector, donors and households which contribute 43 percent.

Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, the Presidential Advisor on Population and Health made remarks on Friday while closing a two day summit organized by Uganda Medical Association at Hotel Africana.

Under this initiative, the formal sector will initially be involved in paying the premium mostly in form of taxation to ease its implementation, and gradually the informal sector will be brought on board.


“It’s greatly alarming that the person at the grass-root should be made to meet 43 percent of all his medical bills while government to which he pays taxes only takes care of 5 percent of this,” she said.

“Of course we very much understand how complex running such premium in a developing country like Uganda will be, especially considering the factor that it took over 25 years for a other bigger countries like Korea to implement, but we are optimistic that gradually it will be perfected,” added Kazibwe.

On the same occasion, Prof. Vinand Nantulya of the Uganda AIDS Commission called upon government to close down all health centres and Pharmacies that are found selling HIV Self test kits, noting that every person ought to test three times to confirm their status.

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