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Rwanda: Govt Mulls Inclusion of Covid-19 Tests Into Health Insurance Schemes

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Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) is planning the inclusion of Covid-19 tests in different health insurance schemes, The New Times has learned.

The consideration comes at a time when the demand for Covid-19 tests in the country is increasing, particularly because medics look at it (testing) as one of the principal ways of preventing the spread of the virus among Rwanda’s population.

Currently, more people are going for testing, partly because without negative Covid-19 results within a specified time, one cannot be allowed access to a number of activities, for example travelling, attending particular conferences, staying in a hotel, taking part in professional sports games, among others.

In recent weeks, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has been putting in more effort to improve citizens’ access to the testing services.

For instance, with effect from December 17, MoH cleared private clinics to start testing patients for the coronavirus using antigen rapid tests.

Efforts are underway to soon avail the same services in public health centres, as information from RBC shows that distribution of rapid diagnostic tests to such facilities started last week, and has continued even during this week.

Going forward, RBC has now presented the prospect of including the tests into insurance schemes, as the country looks to further improve access.

“It is not something that we are going to do right away, but it is in our plans. In our near future phases, we want to make it part of the screening or tests that are already part of this scheme (insurance),” said Dr Sabin Nsanzimana the Director-General of RBC.