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Parliament Passes The National Health Insurance Bill

Parliament Passes The National Health Insurance Bill

Parliament has finally passed the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill. The bill is directed at providing universal healthcare to all Ugandans.

The passing came after MPs rejected the motion to withdraw the bill by the state Minister of Health in charge of General Duties, Hon. Robinah Nabanja. She stated that her reason for her withdrawal was the government’s need to do more consultations on the matter.

‘’The minister of health in collaboration with other stakeholders is undertaking further consultations and analysis of the premiums based on the interim actuarial study conducted by the IRA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in 2019. We expect to re-introduce the bill when this outstanding issue is concluded to ensure a universal enrolment of the population in Uganda under the NHIS,’’ Ms. Nabanja said.

She also declined to move the motion for the second reading of the bill. And soon after that, she left Parliament.

Other members, led by the state Minister of Finance, Mr. David Bahati, agreed to move the motion for the second reading of the bill. Dr. Michael Bukenya, the chairperson of the Parliament Health Committee, said they removed the controversial clauses that held the Bill, as they make more consultations.

Earlier, the Health Insurance Bill stated that the state would subject employees in the formal sector to a 4% deduction from their salaries. It would require individuals in the informal sector to pay an annual shs100,000. Some public sectors opposed the bill, especially workers in the formal sector. They said the government is already burdening them with many other taxes.

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