Graft, wastage and delays in funding dogged piloting of UHC, studies show

What you need to know:

  • The Universal Health Coverage programme improved hospital attendance but the success of the pilot phase was undermined by inadequate funds and failure to match hospitals with performance or needs.
  • A large proportion of the money pledged was not given to the counties involved and what was remitted arrived late.
  • The World Health Organization has identified linking funds to the needs of communities and performance of hospitals as a major principle of health financing.

Unless the challenges that faced the pilot phase of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme are addressed, the government’s goal of ensuring Kenyans access quality and affordable medical care by next year will not be met.

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