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Citizens Appeals To Gov't To Address The Raising Cost Of Healthcare

Citizens Appeals To Gov’t To Address The Raising Cost Of Healthcare

Reports show that the average cost of health services has increased by 30% in the last year which has raised concern for citizens as medical bills continue skyrocketing making it difficult for low income families to have access to heath care services.

Currently a simple consultation with a doctor now costs between shillings 30,000 to 50,000 an equivalent to $14 depending on the heath facility.

Recent reports also indicate that the healthcare costs in Uganda have been steadily increasing over the past years making it hard for citizens to access quality health care with some dying due to failure to afford medication yet it’s a basic necessity for human survival.

However the minister of heath attributes the rising cost of health care to shortage in funding for the heath sector since the country operates a cash budget with many allocations to different sectors in the country.

According to Mr Moses Mulumba the heath activist noted that one of the attributing factors to the high cost of heath care was poor state of health facilities and government’s inability to invest adequately.

Citizens are urgently calling on the government to address the rising cost of health care urging that the government increase the funding of health care services and to address the shortage of medical personnel as well as essential equipment in heath care facilities.

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