Universal Health Coverage Bill moved to Committee for further consultations

Members of Parliament (MPs) will not deliberate and pass the Universal Health Coverage Bill 2022 today following concerns raised by lawmakers and stakeholders.

 Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson announced in the Parliament this morning that the Bill will be returned to Bunge’s Social Services and Community Development Committee for further consultations.

 “Following comments from MPs and stakeholders—the bill will be returned to the Social Services and Community Development Committee for further consultations. It will be brought back [to the August House] after consultations,” the Speaker told the lawmakers.

 September, this year, Parliament was availed with the Universal Health Coverage Bill, which will allow judicial officers to impose a prison term or a fine of between 5m/- to 100m/- for unscrupulous officials in unwarranted use of health insurance schemes.

The Bill which was presented in the august House by the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly for the first reading also proposes moves to scrutinise private health service providers, including appointment of National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) authorities in boards of private hospitals to facilitate regulation.

Usually, when the Bill is presented for the first reading in Parliament, MPs ought not to debate or issue any other proposed amendments, instead, it is subjected to sectoral parliamentary committees which invite stakeholders to air their views before the final draft is presented in parliament.

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