Opendi said they hope this can be done in the first half of the 2019/2020 financial year to allow government to mobilise resources for drugs and increase funding to the National Medical Stores to avoid drug stock outs.
The Health Ministry is waiting for a slot in
cabinet to discuss the universal health insurance bill before forwarding it to
The Health State Minister in Charge of General
Duties, Sarah Achieng Opendi disclosed this while addressing reporters in
She explained that it has taken government up
to 12 years to come with the bill of what they think can draw consensus from
different stakeholders, including employers on the issue of universal health
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Opendi said they hope this can be done in the first half of
the 2019/2020 financial year to allow government to mobilise resources for
drugs and increase funding to the National Medical Stores to avoid drug stock
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The Universal health insurance scheme means every Ugandan
would be covered and wouldn’t need money to access health services and
medicines in hospitals.
In East Africa, Rwanda has significantly
advanced universal health coverage with its
community-based health insurance program under, which most of its citizens
Ugandans spend a significant amount of their income on
health, which means it diminishes their ability to save for other things.
Out-of-pocket expenses on health have also been blamed for the increasing
poverty incidences in some communities.
According to the national health accounts report for 2014/15
to 2015/16 financial years, “even with free services at public facilities, the
share of Household expenditure spent in public health facilities was between
14.1% and 17.5% in the period under review, which was significantly at a low
“Evidence indicates that inadequate resources to deliver
health services in public facilities to some extent indirectly impacts on the
amount of household expenditure on health,” the report said.