Minister, official contradict on user fees for Malawi public hospitals

Health minister Peter Kumpalume and the ministry’s public relations officer have contradicted on whether Malawians will start paying in public hospitals or not.

Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume: Not anytime soon
Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume: Not anytime soon
Ministry of Health spokesman, Chikumbe: Cash flow problems
Ministry of Health spokesman, Chikumbe: Citizens will strating paying in hospital

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.

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chief activist
6 years ago

the user feees and its legacy ,,,,,whwea do they collide?……kampulume can yu answer that

6 years ago

This is another nonsense! How many Malawians will afford paying for health services. Look at what has become of the so called central hospitals……the user fees you introduced has turned the whole system corrupt and substandard. No body can tell the importance of these fees; nothing has changed. People pay these fees and no government receipts are given in return. Any body demands fees in his department! What madness is this! Stop these fees and never ever talk about them, again. You’re only fueling corruption in public hospitals.

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