Private hospitals seek loans

By: ARAFAT MUGABO
Published on: 2019-07-22
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Private health service providers in the country are urging the government to support a mechanism through which they can easily access long-term loans to make more investments.

They say the government has not put in place a heath credit fund to allow them to access health investment loans.

Private hospital owners said they would benefit from a fund that can be accessed through commercial banks, similar to the Business Development Fund, which supports small-scale businesses and the agricultural sector.

Hospitals, clinics, among other facilities, told Rwanda Today that specialised medical equipment such as computerised tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, endoscopy, and many others are costly and there currently aren’t available links to financial institutions and long-term loans.

“We need this fund for long-term financing to enable us to invest in health services and boost our service quality,” they said.

“We are requesting the government to help us by negotiating with commercial banks to give us long-term loans at a lower rate to purchase equipment,” said George Ntakiyiruta, a surgeon, and the managing director of Ejo Heza Surgical centre.

Private health service providers in the country are urging the government to support a mechanism through which they can easily access long-term loans to make more investments.

They say the government has not put in place a heath credit fund to allow them to access health investment loans.

Private hospital owners said they would benefit from a fund that can be accessed through commercial banks, similar to the Business Development Fund, which supports small-scale businesses and the agricultural sector.

Hospitals, clinics, among other facilities, told Rwanda Today that specialised medical equipment such as computerised tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, endoscopy, and many others are costly and there currently aren’t available links to financial institutions and long-term loans.

“We need this fund for long-term financing to enable us to invest in health services and boost our service quality,” they said.

“We are requesting the government to help us by negotiating with commercial banks to give us long-term loans at a lower rate to purchase equipment,” said George Ntakiyiruta, a surgeon, and the managing director of Ejo Heza Surgical centre.


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