Can Ugandan government afford to cover the informal sector in the proposed National Health Insurance?


In pursuit of establishing a comprehensive healthcare financing system in Uganda, the government recently developed a National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, aimed at operationalizing a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Mr. Tonny Odokonyero in this article   advises the government that financial resources alone are not sufficient to deliver the NHIS rather a strong institutional framework must be established to play complementary. He   based his argument on the advancements Uganda is making towards the operationalization of National Health Insurance Scheme. He further pointed out a number of issues that the government needs adopt in order to ensure inclusion of all citizens into the scheme. He advises that the government may or should plan to subsidize informal sector until such a time when the people in the informal sector or self-employment are clearly identified e.g. through linkage to national identification databases. Read more here

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