The Ministry of Health has said that it cannot control the cost of COVID-19 care at private hospitals.
More than 100 private health providers have expressed interest and are awaiting accreditation from the health ministry, to provide care for COVID-19 patients, amidst reports that government facilities are overstretched.
At Victoria Hospital, one of the few accredited health facilities, family members of patients are advised to deposit an initial 10 million Shillings for care.
This can increase or reduce depending on the time spent at the facility as severe and critical patients spend an average of two million shillings daily.
Ms Sandra Arinaitwe, the public relations officer for Rocket Health said that the fee they are charging cannot be compared to the services they are offering because much is required. Ms Arinaitwe speaking…..
Dr. Charles Olaro, the director of curative services at the health ministry told this radio on phone that meanwhile public health facilities were free, they cannot force private hospitals to charge less money much as government is working together with the private facilities to manage the disease because the State doesn’t determine prices. Dr. Olaro speaks….