The Ministry of Defence on June 6, tabled earlier than Parliament a invoice that seeks to make the Military Medical Insurance (MMI) a specialized organ.

While explaining the relevance of the invoice, Maj Gen. Albert Murasira, the Minister of Defence mentioned that this will likely permit the scheme to have the important autonomy for higher healthcare provision to its participants.

“The statute of specialised organ will allow MMI to have the necessary autonomy in terms of recruiting and managing its staff and determining the procurement rules to achieve its mission,” Murasira informed parliamentarians.

According to the explanatory word of the invoice, since its status quo (in in 2005) MMI actions had been constantly rising. Initially, its participants have been Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) body of workers and eligible dependents handiest.

Currently, participants of alternative safety organs and their eligible dependants had been on-boarded.

They come with the Rwanda National Police (RNP), National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), public establishments like Ministry of Defence (MoD), Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), Armed Forces and Rwanda National Police Shop (AFOS).

Others are the MoD affiliated businesses equivalent to Horizon Ltd, Zigama CSS (Credit and Savings Society), Mediasol (workforce of pharmacies affiliated to MMI).

In addition to its venture of managing health insurance for its beneficiaries, MMI additionally has the mandate of making an investment price range so as to ensure the monetary steadiness and sustainability of actions beneath its tasks, added the explanatory word.

As an insurance coverage establishment, MMI is a monetary establishment topic to the laws of the Central Bank. And, lately, the recruitment of the scheme team of workers comes to the approval of the Ministry of Public Service and Labour.

Murasira mentioned that for MMI to higher succeed in its goals, it must have the latitude to makes selections in a swift approach, and the most efficient workers in the marketplace, one thing that can not be completed as a result of they’re strained by way of public provider law.

He gave an instance pronouncing that because the establishment grows, there’s want to have the most efficient actuarial scientists in the marketplace, one thing that can not be completed as a result of their present wage scale.

To deal with those issues, the invoice proposes that MMI must perform as a specialized organ and be given better autonomy within the control of its belongings and body of workers, so as to perform extra successfully.

MPs’ observations

MP Jean-Damascene Murara raised the fear that the Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) indicated that its team of workers can’t get clinical products and services beneath MMI.

“This is a recurrent issue. Why isn’t their request being granted or not, instead of saying that it is being considered for years. I think there is a need to make a definite decision on that,” he noticed.

MP Therese Murekatete mentioned that there was a subject the place MMI works with few pharmacies within the nation, but, it has numerous participants, which calls for the rise of the collection of pharmacies that spouse with it.

For example, she mentioned that during Musanze District, there is just one pharmacy that works with MMI, but, the world has key safety installations just like the RDF Command and Staff College, and the National Police College in Musanze with many participants.

“I wonder whether this autonomy will result in the increase in the number of pharmacies that work with MMI in order to facilitate its members for improved medical service delivery,” she remarked.