Liberian senator wants free medicare discussed

Senator Lawrence is concerned that government health institutions charge fees

Senator Lawrence is concerned that government health institutions charge fees

Liberian senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence is asking the country’s chief medical officer to explain how the free medical program of government is working across the country.

A communication submitted Tuesday to plenary by the lawmaker, who represents Grand Bassa County, requested for Dr. Francis Kateh to appear before the body and also seeks the appearance of Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn to present the health plan to be supported by donor funding.

She explained that in the 2015/2016 budget, a total of US$72 million was allotted to the health sector, which represents 12 percent of the national budget covering mostly salaries.
 
Senator Lawrence stated that up to present, regional and major hospitals in the country do not have x-ray machines, the most needed and cheapest medical equipment.

She added that drugs are never available and that patients have to purchase almost everything before treatment because the revenue  is insufficient.

She also noted that all government health facilities in the country are charging for health services when they should be free.


Liberia News Agency

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