Malawi to have paying treatment in public hospitals

Chief of Health Services in the ministry of Health Charles Mwansambo has said plans  by government to have paying treatment in public district hospitals is on track.

Mwansambo:  Paying sections in public hospitals

Mwansambo: Paying sections in public hospitals

He, however, said the government will still continuee with the universal free health services.

“We are introducing the paying treatment in district hospitals to cater for those who are on paid monthly medical care like those who are on Masm. Most of them do not utilise the facilities in rural districts because there are no such facilities and we are coming in to help them,” he said.

He said currently, there are paying treatment facilities at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe and Mzuzu Central Hospital.

“Those who are on medical aid should enjoy their benefits in district hospitals. There are many people in districts who are on Masm but are not able to enjoy the medical services,” he said.

Mwansambo  said there is no policy to charge fees for all remaining treatments, saying treatment in public hospitals remain absolutely free.

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Reduce MRA taxes and then introduce paying for hospital services not stealing from MRA then you ask us to be paying for hospital services.

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There is no free medical service as there is literally nothing for nothing. Someone pays at some point. The politics of user fees in public facilities should be looked at with strategic intent and not with cataract eyes of cheap advocacy. We can not afford free service at point of access. Economically it’s unworkable because health care is one of the most expensive social service. Even developed countries can not afford provision of free health care. Those who advocate for free care at point of use are being unrealistic possibly because their employers cover them adequately under VIP medical schemes.… Read more »

Am a civil servant most of us receive little salaries of which we cannot manage to pay for the health services. Let’s be honest here paying issue is good idea untimely implemented. Let us look at the economy and government salary increment as well as fee hikes all these for the poor it’s a burden.


Mukunyenge mwana eti. ?


Where is our tax money going.

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