Rwandan health insurance to cover COVID-19 treatment costs

A man measures temperature for a secondary school student preparing to board a bus in Kigali, Rwanda, on Oct. 31, 2020. They were transferred to boarding schools by bus on Saturday, in preparation for the reopening of schools which have been closed since March due to COVID-19. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

Rwanda’s current health insurance policies will cover a majority of costs related to COVID-19 treatment, as part of the efforts to reduce the mortality of the disease in the country, an official said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: A police officer checks a car on a quiet street after precautions taken against the novel coronavirus pandemic in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

This will encourage timely treatment and care for patients, Cornelle Ntihabotse, head of department of clinical and public health services in the Ministry of Health, said on the national broadcaster Rwanda Television.

Ntihabotse said health insurance providers will cover between 85 percent to 90 percent of the costs in response to a recent spike in cases.

He added that the health ministry has directed public health facilities to start considering health insurance while billing COVID-19 patients.

Rwanda on Saturday reported 277 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, setting a new record of the daily increase for three consecutive days. The national tally has thus reached 10,850 with 7,193 recoveries and 140 deaths.

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