Health minister Peter Kumpalume and the ministry’s public relations officer have contradicted on whether Malawians will start paying in public hospitals or not.
Kumpalume said the government has no plans to force Malawians pay in public hospitals.
“We do not have the immediate plans, not now,” said Kumpalume.
However the ministry spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe said people will start paying the user fees in the next financial year.
He said people will have a choice on whether to use the public hospital paying wards for efficient and effective services or use the wards which are free.
Dorothy Ngoma, a health rights activist said public health services can improve only if people pay. user fees.
The paying of fees in public hospitals is part of public sector reforms.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :