28 February 2013

Tanzania: MNH Patients Soon to Pay Through NMB

IN a bid to increase its revenues, the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has partnered with the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) to enable patients make payments through the bank.

Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, the Executive Director of MNH, Dr Marina Njelekela, said the new payment system set to become effective on March 11, this year, will check losses of revenue. "The system would enable the hospital increase revenues towards the target of financing recurrent expenditure by 40 per cent as directed in the public sector reforms," Dr Njelekela explained.

Implementation of the programme would enable the country's largest hospital to improve services offered to patients, according to Dr Njelekela. She was optimistic that the system would increase MNH's revenues by over 50 per cent and thus enable the hospital to finance its recurrent budget by 72 per cent in the financial year 2013/2014.

The partnership between MNH and NMB was reached in January, this year and preparations for implementation of the system are in final stages. Dr Njelekela explained further that there will be three centres for making payments. Two will be stationed at the new outpatient block and the other at the X-ray building within MNH premises.

"Through the new system, a patient will be provided with a bill note indicating payments and treatment she/he is supposed to pay. The patient will have to pay at the NMB centres and receive the respective services," she said.

She also hinted that in order to avoid inconveniences, the hospital will deploy attendants who will be tending to patients by directing them where to get required services. The services will be available from 8:00am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 8:30am to 2:30pm on Saturdays. Patients will be required to make payments through the current system used at the hospital when the centres are closed.

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