Health experts are calling for the formal inclusion of community health insurance into the National Health Insurance Scheme, emphasizing the need for regulated integration.
Dr. Samuel Orach, the executive secretary of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau, highlights the importance of involving grassroots communities, including individuals who can contribute small amounts towards healthcare expenses.
Orach stresses that these contributions should be minimal to accommodate those with limited financial means, while acknowledging the government’s responsibility to finance both preventive and curative health services.
The National Health Insurance Scheme is seen as pivotal in expanding the healthcare funding base, aiming to encourage individual responsibility for healthcare expenses without exempting the government from its financing duties.
Dr. Julius Luyimbazi, the executive director of Rubaga Hospital, underscores the burden of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for many Ugandans, advocating for healthcare financing through insurance to enhance accessibility.
During the 125-year Jubilee Inaugural Ceremony and Annual Health Assembly at Rubaga Training School Health, State Minister Hanifa Kawooya assured that the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill is progressing towards finalization, stressing the importance of improved health services for national development.
In Uganda, where a significant portion of healthcare expenditure relies on out-of-pocket payments, achieving universal health coverage is challenging without health insurance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng disclosed that under the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme Bill, families would contribute at least 15,000 Ugandan shillings monthly per household member to the health insurance pool if approved by the Cabinet.
Additionally, Lubaga Hospital has achieved accreditation from the Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), becoming the second internationally accredited hospital in Uganda. This accreditation reflects the hospital’s commitment to improving services and ensuring safety, effectiveness, and quality care for patients.
Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Paul Ssemogerere commended the hospital’s founders for their dedication to providing healthcare inspired by divine guidance, highlighting the role of healthcare workers in extending healing to those in need.