The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) wants individuals in formal employment to contribute more in order to close the gaps in the health sector as opposed to the proposed National Health Insurance scheme.
According to Patrick Ayota, the Deputy Managing Director of NSSF, this will not only ensure universal health coverage but will be sufficient for infrastructural development like renovation of health centres.
“If you collect this money and you deploy a billion to a health centre III, in one month you could stock 20 health centres in a district and within a year you could have renovated about 200 health centres,” said Ayota.
Legislators on the Health Committee were concerned that the public may reject this proposal, thinking it is one way of government evading its core mandate on health care provision and infrastructure.
Hon Robert Ntende was concerned that NSSF’s proposal loads a huge burden on citizens and proposed that the Government should take a pivotal role by making a substantial contribution.
The Committee Chairperson, Hon Michael Bukenya said that the committee will have to assess and weigh NSSF’s proposal against the proposed National Health Insurance scheme.
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