Medical Fee History and Policy
As we do not perform surgeries at the Kasese Health Center, the money collected pays for C-sections for women from our Maternity Ward and other emergency treatments at the nearest hospital. Whatever is left over goes towards our medicine costs.
A patient is never rejected for any medical services if they are unable to pay the full fee or at all. We try not to advertise this so it is not abused.
For the first 18 months of operations, Orant charged no fees for any medical treatment. This meant that we were able to treat anyone who visited regardless of their circumstances. However, this also presented a problem as we live in a poor, rural area. People who were unemployed or who otherwise had nothing to do would stand in line to get medical treatment even if they had no ailments. The clinic was full of patients every day, many with illnesses such as malaria, but also many without. This resulted in patients being delayed treatment and clinicians wasting time seeing people who were not sick.
After discussions with local chiefs, Orant instituted nominal fees of 200 MWK (~$.25) for children under 5 and 1000MWK (~$1.33) for adults to discourage overcrowding or abuse of the Kasese Health Center system.
Similar pay structures were later implemented at our outreach clinics with the consent of local chiefs and leaders. Our maximum charge for outreach clinics is 500 MWK (~$.66). All pregnant women are treated for free.