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Parliament declines to withdraw National Health Insurance Bill

Former state health Minister Opendi opposed withdrawal of the insurance health bill. PHOTO @parliament_ug

PARLIAMENT | Isaac Senabulya | Parliament has declined  to support a proposal by the Ministry of Finance to withdraw the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2019 which is before the house for processing.

The bill was before the house for the first and second reading and a presentation of a report from the Committee of Health but the Ministry of Health had cited some inaccuracies and petitions from some stakeholders who suggested it be withdrawn.

Health State Minister for General Duties Robinah Nabbanja had indicated that inaccuracies in chapter five of the bill on the contributions, was one of several items that needed revisiting.

However MPs Elijah Okupa, Mukitale Stephen and Sarah Opendi protested the withdrawal saying there was still room for consultations at other levels of processing the bill which would help the ministry rectify the anomalies.

This prompted the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to put a question to the house and the legislators all supported the stay of the bill prompting the  Minister of state for  health Robinah Nabbanja to concede. Health Committee Chairman Dr Micheal Bukenya went ahead to present the abridged version of the National Insurance Health Scheme report in support of the Bill.

Parliament moved ahead to consider the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2019 at the 2nd reading.

The National Health Insurance Bill aims to form a contributory scheme that will insure ordinary Ugandans against the high and unpredictable costs of seeking quality health care.


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