KAMPALA – Absa Bank Uganda and UAP Old Mutual have unveiled the Absa Medical Insurance policy targeting self-employed and non-salaried individuals in the drive to increase access to health insurance in Uganda.
The policy covers treatment for critical illness, inpatient, optical, dental, and maternity, in addition to disability cover, funeral expenses, a wellness programme, and international cover for travel outside East Africa and more, and is available in four attractive packages, namely: Platinum – UGX 1,343,000; Gold – UGX 1,150,000; Silver – UGX 956,000 and Bronze – UGX 750,000 per annum.
According to the World Bank’s Uganda Human Capital Index for 2020, 15% of Uganda’s population incurs catastrophic health expenditure measured as out-of-pocket spending, which exceeds 10% of household consumption or income.
While addressing the press during the engagement, Mumba Kalifungwa, Absa Bank Uganda’s Managing Director, said, “A majority of the population relies on cash payments from savings, the sale of property or crowdfunding to cover unexpected health emergencies, and our motivation for unveiling this product is to play a part in helping more people acquire access to affordable insurance, so as to improve the quality of life of more people in Uganda.”
According to the Insurance Regulatory Authority, less than 1% of Ugandans have health insurance, and in an effort to increase these numbers, insurance companies have been partnering with banks to tap into the latter’s customer bases to offer affordable and convenient insurance products under the bancassurance model.
Additionally, the Insurance Regulatory Authority’s quarterly reports show that by the first quarter of 2023, bancassurance contributed 9.90% to the insurance industry with Gross Written Premiums of approximately UGX 41.7 billion, up 22% from the total contribution to the industry in the first quarter of 2022, signalling the growing contribution of bancassurance to increasing access to insurance.
Stephen Chikovore, the Managing Director of UAP Old Mutual, said, “A unified effort between different players in both the public and private sectors is required to make a dent in the huge access to emergency healthcare gap in Uganda. We are thankful for partners like Absa Bank Uganda, who are being open and encouraging innovation towards creating products and policies that will have a positive impact on the lives of more Ugandans.”
During the engagement, Dr. Paul Kasenene, a nutritionist, and lifestyle & functional medicine practitioner encouraged the public to embrace healthy lifestyles and wellness to minimise the risk of health complications.
While giving his concluding remarks, Absa’s Kalifungwa said, “As a pan-African bank, Absa Bank Uganda is driven by a deep desire to see Uganda and Africa reach their full potential, and we are playing our part by ensuring that everything we do is underpinned by our refreshed purpose, which is to empower Africa’s tomorrow, together, one story at a time.”