15 Apr 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) - Swanu of Namibia has appealed to the Namibian Government to investigate the introduction of universal medical health insurance for all citizens.
At present, Namibia has a dual medical aid system where only 16 per cent of the entire population has access to quality healthcare, while the rest is covered by the public service sector.
Swanu president, Usutuaije Maamberua made the appeal in his party's contributions to the debates of the 2015/2016 National Budget of N.dollars of 67 billion in the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.
Considering that only 16 per cent of the Namibian population is medically insured and equally informed of our social desire towards the realisation of social justice, we have persistently advocated for the introduction of universal medical insurance for all citizens in Namibia over the past few years. Again, we still convincingly argue for the introduction of such an insurance, Maamberua said.
The Swanu leader also called on the newly appointed Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernhard Haufiku and the management of the Social Security Commission (SCC) to explore the possibility of such medical insurance in Namibia as a matter of urgency.
Universal healthcare is a system that provides healthcare and financial protection for all citizens, regardless of their socioeconomic position.
It is organised to provide a specified package of benefits to all members of a society with the goal of providing financial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health outcomes for all citizens of a country.
Currently, the SSCs Namibia Medical Benefit Fund (NMBF) is limited to the provision of healthcare benefits to employed Namibians only, and does not accommodate unemployed people.
Africa countries like Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia have so far attained public healthcare insurance for their citizens.