National health insurance in pipeline

GOVERNMENT will soon roll out a national health insurance programme that will enhance access to health services at an affordable price.
Ministry of Health permanent secretary David Chikamata said the scheme, which will in the initial stage be rolled out to employees in the formal sector, will go a long way in improving health service delivery.
Dr Chikamata said in an interview recently that the project has advanced and awaits approval from the Ministry of Justice.
“The document is now at Ministry of Justice and a Cabinet memorandum will be issued once the scheme has been approved,” he said.
He said employees will contribute a portion of their salary towards the national health insurance scheme, which will enable them access treatment when they fall sick.
“Employees and their employers would be required to pay a small amount to the health insurance scheme and when they require health services, they will access them at no fee.
“The national insurance scheme will enable people access health services whenever they need the services even when they do not have money because they will make contributions towards their health, monthly,” he said.
Dr Chikamata said Government intends to establish a health insurance scheme that is tailored towards achieving universal health coverage in the country.
This is because many people are unable to access health services due to lack of money.
He said Government is still identifying best ways of rolling out the programme to the informal sector.

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