Uganda's universal health insurance delayed again

 

Thirteen years ago, Uganda began plans to launch a compulsory public Social Health Insurance (SHI) scheme, and whether Uganda launches it this year, will depend on politics. Asuman Lukwago of the Ministry of Health says the scheme will start operating this year and they are in the final stages of drafting the law.

Under the National Health Insurance Bill 2007, which is still with the Ministry of Finance awaiting issuance of a certificate of financial implication, civil servants and formally employed Ugandans will be required to make mandatory contributions to a National Social Health Insurance (SHI) Scheme.

If, or when, the law is passed, an independent administrative body will be set up with a mandate to collect SHI contributions. Those already privately insured will either choose to be insured twice, or abandon private insurance since SHI will be mandatory.

The plan is to initially cover a 25% of the 34 million Ugandans, whereby employees are required to contribute 4% of their gross salary to which employers add 4% making the total contribution to the scheme 8%. That 25% is formally employed people.

The informally employed sector will be incorporated to the scheme later under the Community Health Insurance initiative.

There are 13 private providers of health insurance and less than 10% of the population has cover.

Many doubt that it will happen in 2015 as Uganda lacks the physical infrastructure to support it, with not enough hospitals or doctors, and poor availability of drugs.

Advertisement

ADD A NEWS ITEM

Do you have some news or a press release that you’d like to share with the medical travel industry?

Publish for FREE on IMTJ.

ADD NEWS

Related News

Romania’s first medical city

24 February, 2021

Enayati Medical City opens

Cuba’s vaccine diplomacy

23 February, 2021

Inbound tourists to Cuba offered COVID vaccine

North America medical travel risks

19 February, 2021

New US-Canada restrictions will restrict medical travel

Myanmar healthcare plans at risk

16 February, 2021

Coup threatens Myanmar medical travel

Dubai tightens healthcare

16 February, 2021

DHA restricts medical and dental treatment