RSSB calls on Rwandans to pay their premiums earliest

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 1 May 2020 at 12:05

Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has called on district leaders to urge health insurance members to start paying their premiums early to avoid medical problems.

The Ministry of Finance and Planning (MINECOFIN) recently announced that people using mutual health care insurance will be receiving treatments immediately after payments instead of waiting for a month period as usual.

The decision was taken to ease access to medical services as the whole world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

RSSB reminded district leaders to remind people to pay their contributions early as stated and signed on April 30, 2020, by the Deputy Director-General of Insurance, Dr. Hakiba Solange.

Payments are made through technology either at SACCO, via mobile phone or through the country’s representatives in sector offices and elsewhere in the country, or Mobicash representatives.

Normally, health insurance user starts receiving treatment a month after payments are made. This insurance is used by about 88% of the 12 million population in Rwanda.

Since last year, the Rwandan government announced that it will increase funding for the ’Health insurance’, as it’s often characterized by insufficient capacity, which affects the services provided to its users.

The RSSB figures show that the number of contributions made by health insurance members, including the government’s contribution was 32.8 billion Frw, while those who used it amounted to 47.4 billion Frw, which resulted in a loss of 14.6 billion annually.

Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has called on district leaders to urge health insurance members to start paying their premiums early to avoid medical problems.

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