The Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda has called on different stakeholders in the health sector to work together and ensure that the National Health Insurance Policy scheme is well formulated and passed soon so that all Ugandans can enjoy good health care services.
The Ministry of Health has proposed and already tabled a bill in Parliament that seeks to roll out a National Health Insurance Scheme that will be mandatory to every Ugandan.
“I call upon the different stakeholders, the private sector, policy makers, and civil society to collaborate so that the scheme is well considered and comprehensive so that it assures essential healthcare for all Ugandans” Rugunda said
Rugunda noted that Ugandans still have challenges in accessing medical care because it is either not affordable or because there is lack of professional care givers hence the need for the scheme
The Prime Minister was speaking Monday night at the 10th anniversary Celebrations for Nakasero Hospital held at Serena hotel
Speaking at the same function, the Minister for Health, Jane Aceng said the scheme will be rolled out soon as major steps have already been taken and will be mandatory for all Ugandans, even those at the grass root levels to ensure access to healthcare services for everyone.
She further asked Ugandans to be realistic and not expect free specialized health care, even at the Mulango National hospital.
“Specialized health services are not cheap and can’t be free. Ugandans who want to enjoy good health services must spend because even when they go to India, they spend and yet suffer the disadvantage of being away from home
Nakasero hospital was started in march 2009 by Dr. Ben Mbonye and his wife J.K Mbonye as an outpatient facility. The hospital has however transformed into a multidisciplinary health facility and is one of the best hospitals in Uganda and East Africa. The hospital now employs over 500 direct employees, some of who are international specialists
The Chairman Board and co-founder of the hospital Ben Mbonye thanked the government of Uganda and President Museveni for creating a conducive environment for healthcare service sector to strive.
“Starting and growing this hospital to what it is today has not been easy. Hospital business is different because there is an element of human life which surpasses the profitability part of it. We thank all our partners, stakeholders, our patients for believing in us, I want to thank President Museveni for personally ordering the finance ministry to exempt the health sector from some taxes which gave it ground for growth” he said