Owners of private health facilities in Mukono Municipality want
the license fees scrapped.
They argue that the high license fees affect the provision of services that are
not provided in government facilities.
Each consulting doctor is expected to pay an annual practising
license of 200,000 shillings to the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners
Council. If they own a private health care facility, they pay another fee for
the facility depending on its location to the same council. In addition to both
fees, Uganda Revenue Authority takes 30% of their profits in taxes. On top of
this, they also pay trading licences and local service tax for each employee
In Mukono Municipality private health facilities are charged
between 800,000 to 2 Million Shillings depending on the role and size of the
Musenze Lubega, the owner of Angel Medical Facility at Kikooza
Mukono Municipality asked the municipal council to remove certain license fees so that sick Ugandans stop carrying the burden of some of these fees.
According to Lubega, at the moment any consulting doctor has to part with at least 10 million shilling in taxes and fees.
Dr Simon Nsingo, the Mukono CoU Hospital Medical Director and
overseer of the church pharmacy notes that also the tax collectors disrespectfully
approach their facilities.
He says that since a big number of Ugandans first seek medical attention in
private facilities, the multiple taxes paid by private facilities are a
disservice to almost all Ugandans.
Bridget Nanyondo, a resident says that the facilities are charging high fees
for medical treatment due to the multiple taxes and fees that are squeezed out
of them. She notes that the government and local government should scrap some taxes
to support the growth of health facilities.
Another resident Wilberforce Tebyasa says private facilities need empowerment
to support government facilities than draining them. He says if private facilities
are not empowered then government hospitals should be fully equipped.
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Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipal Member of Parliament says that
it is unfair for the health facilities to pay two licenses.
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The Municipal Deputy Town Clerk Alex Nanyonga Sseruwagi says that the taxes
contribute towards the infrastructural development of the area including
construction and maintenance of roads connecting to the various health centres.
She says that the facilities should pay their trade licenses on time to avoid being