Angolan nationals bemoan high medical care charges in Namibia
By MARX ITAMALO
ANGOLAN citizens living near the Namibian-Angolan border and are constantly treated at Namibian state health facilities say the costs they pay at clinics, health centres, and hospitals are outrageous and cannot afford them.
As a result, they want the costs reduced so that they can pay for the services rendered.
“We cannot pay the fees that the Namibian government constantly demands from us and other foreign nationals. The fees are exorbitant, and many of us cannot afford them,” Eva Shikufa of Onehonhi hamlet in Angola’s Cunene region told Confidente.
She had arrived at the Engela hospital in the Ohangwena region to give birth to her newborn son.
Authorities charge foreign nationals seeking medical care in Namibian hospitals varying fees.
Namibians pay N in state clinics, but foreigners spend N.
Namibians pay N$20 at health centres, but foreign nationals pay N$100.
Namibian nationals pay a one-time fee of N$ 20 when admitted to state hospitals. However, foreign nationals must pay at least a daily fee of N$ 400.
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