Analytical review of health care reforms in Uganda and its implication on health equity

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dc.contributor.author Okech, Timothy Chrispinus
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-26T08:22:05Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-26T08:22:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2331-1851
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/419
dc.description A journal article by Dr. Timothy Chrispinus Okech, an assistant professor of economics in the Chandaria School of Business at United States International University-Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Uganda Government has continued to strengthen the country’s health system by initiating policy reforms aimed at enhancing equity in health care. In this report, analytical review health care reforms are provided with their corresponding equity outcomes. This report is based on a review of both published and unpublished reports from the government of Uganda and multilateral stakeholders in the health sector from the review, various health equity issues were identified including high incidences of inefficiencies in health care such as stock-outs, low quality of health care under-table payments, increase of out-of pocket payments which continue to contribute towards high incidences of catastrophic health expenditures. Others include dilapidated health infrastructure, low morale among the health personnel, and low levels of spending by the government on health. The reforms have however, contributed towards efficiency gains in terms of increased use of lower-level government health centers and concomitant reductions in the use of hospital services. Various recommendations were suggested in lieu of the findings. These include increased investment in the health sector; strengthening supply of essential medicines, rehabilitation of health infrastructure, provision of incentives to health personnel. Other recommendations include supporting the operations of community health insurance and other pre-payment schemes meant to caution the poor from health expenditure catastrophe. Political commitment in increasing government spending on health care in line with the Abuja Declaration of 2001 is also recommended while putting in place policies aimed at efficiency in health care delivery. en_US
dc.publisher World Journal of Medicine and Medical Science Research en_US
dc.subject Equity en_US
dc.subject health care reforms en_US
dc.subject financial protection en_US
dc.subject catastrophic health expenditure en_US
dc.title Analytical review of health care reforms in Uganda and its implication on health equity en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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