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Unique medical scheme launched

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th May 2003 03:00 AM

Chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sickle cells will be covered by the scheme

Case Medical Centre has introduced a new medical scheme that will take care of all patients health problems including chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sickle cell anaemia.

Chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sickle cells will be covered by the scheme

Case Medical Centre has introduced a new medical scheme that will take care of all patients health problems including chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sickle cell anaemia.

By Charity Kalebbo

Case Medical Centre has introduced a new medical scheme that will take care of all patients health problems including chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and sickle cell anaemia.

“In health insurance, diseases that are for a lifetime like diabetes, sickle cell and hypertension are usually not covered. However, with the health management organisation we cover all diseases,” says Dr Kato Sebbaale, a surgeon at Case medical centre on Buganda Road.

Mr Ronnie Okumu, the manager of the centre says the centre also treats opportunistic infections of AIDS. He, however, added that this does not cover anti-retrovirals.

When you join the health management organisation, all your health needs are covered wherever you are. Even if you were out of the country, Case medical centre would still cover your health needs. For instance if you went to Kasese and fell sick there. You only need to call Case medical centre and they will get in touch and treat you from where you are.

“This helps in a sense that you don’t have to go explaining your medical history to every doctor. Your doctor at Case medical centre knows your history and so when you fall sick it is easy for him or her to treat you,” says Sebbaale.

Sebbaale says that this is a big saving for the patients.
The doctor explains that with tropical diseases like flu and malaria, a person is bound to spend more than sh218,400($120) a year, but if the person paid the $120 to Case medical centre at the beginning of the year (January) they would be covered medically for the whole year.

“The system works in numbers. The more people there are on the scheme the better for the clients and the medical centre. In a way the costs balance,” says Sebbaale.

The centre came up with the health management scheme because it was discovered that many people fall sick, come for treatment and yet they do not have money. So should the patients be sent home for lack of money? No is the answer Sebbaale says. “In many countries worldwide, health is prepaid because you can’t predict when you will fall sick,” says Sebbaale.

The health management organisation launched on Friday will also help patients who seek treatment abroad to get the best specialists from the places they choose to go to for treatment.

“If a person has to go outside the country for treatment the health management organisation, will cover this depending on the module of payment one chooses.

A person gets their money’s worth,” says Sebbaale.
The centre is going an extra mile to ensure its patients get the best treatment at the shortest possible time and are one of the few hospitals with haemodialysis the equipment, used in kidney treatment.

Unique medical scheme launched

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