The District leadership in Rutsiro is planning on introducing swift ways to offer Health Insurance service (Mituelles de Santé) to residents, following a recent meeting with health Insurance experts. The Health Ministry reports that the service in the area has been slow.
This meeting involved people from different medical insurance companies, people concerned with social welfare of the people in sectors, and also the executive secretaries of the sectors.
Anne Marie Mukantabana one of the directors of a health insurance company in Rutsiro said that” they were called upon so that they could find out where the problem was, and then find ways of increasing the number of people with the medical insurance since it’s now on 35% of the people that have them”.
People that were present in that meeting first looked at the reason why giving out metuelle is very slow, and then found out that there are people who do not take part in paying for the metuelle because of the government’s programme of not forcing them to do so.This becomes a hindrance to some people even when they have money to pay for it.
People concerned with following up of the metuelle have put a programme that will help them let people know about it in the whole of the district.
Mukantabana told people that were in the meeting that “they were going to go close to the people door to door teaching them about this medical insurance, and the ones that are interested will have to pay for the metuelle, which is not the same as them going to the bank to pay for it”.
Again, the district dedicated the week that started on 24/10/2012 to 6/11/20112 to visiting sectors discussing with people the problems they face and then a programme will be put were people will also play part and this will help them start paying for the metuelle.
After this programme, there is going to be another week of giving out medical insurance were a group from the cell will go to the people asking them to pay for it.
The mayor of a Rutsiro Gaspard Bukensenge reminded the people that were in the meeting that “it was not possible to get money from the people by force and that it was also not allowed to imprison them or even confiscated their property in order to make them pay for the metuelle”.
The metuelle is given out according to the ratings were we have the first rate and the second in which the first one is paid by the government.
The people that are in the 3rd range and the 4th one , that is the 2nd rating of metuelle pay 3000Rwf,and the ones that are in the 5th and the 6th that is the 3rd of the medical insurance pay 7000Rwf.
As such, the people that are looked at here are the ones in the 2nd and the 3rd group since the ones in the 1st group are paid for by the government, and they government has paid the money because they are still arranging the people in their different ratings so that every person will know what group they fall in and how much they are supposed to pay for the insurance.
In Rutsiro people that have paid for the medical insurance are about 35%of the people supposed to pay for it and the ones supposed to be paid for by the government are about 29%.
The district has an aim of about 100% of the people being able to pay for their medical insurance in the financial year 2012/2013.