Malawi hospitals start charging K25,000 per referral

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The free health system in Malawi has started falling apart, media reports have revealed.

According to media reports that Malawi24 has monitored, patients in the Northern region district of Mzimba are being demanded to pay K25,000 if they are to be referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital.

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Patients to cough up K25,000

Sources have disclosed that patients that have been seeking help at Kafukule Health Centre in Mzimba have been told point blankly to cough K25,000 for them to be referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital where they have to get help.

“There is no help at Kafukule and when one is so sick that they have to get referred, they are asked to pay K25,000,” said a source.

The Ministry of Health has been reeling under too much pressure especially with the economic downturn. Some quarters have argued that it is high time that government introduced user fees in hospitals. A bigger section of the Malawi population have however turned down the proposal arguing Malawians cannot manage to pay.

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  1. Koma ine ndimadabwa kuti ana ochokera m’banja la Muthalika mitu yawo siimagwira ntchito moyenera kaya anaatani?

  2. The article itself z incomplete as to why sam1 has 2pay k25,000 2b reffered. As amata of fact di amount z 2much than di 1 2b charged as a bipass [email protected] di central hospital. Di writer z jst being confused wit kachasu koz his words lack proven truth. Cant u jst get sited n’ tink samting tangible 2 help solve di oredy existing problems rather than such nonsense? Sikuti mkamalemba mbweleqga zanuzi mkumukhaulisa winawake2 apa,its di sem u koz anthu amene mkulimbana nawo kalikose nkaulere kwaiwo,they dnt even pay tax. Dzikolitu nkazionere wekha. Wakeup my frend!

  3. this development is one of the saddest in bwampini administration TTC paying, ulangizi omwewu paying, kuchipatala paying what does this man think? is this America do people choose to get sick to pay K25000, or do they know on this day I will be sick to save for the day? this is really satanic govt

  4. Where do u expect the patient can get kwacha? Machende anu this is a stupid government , with a stupid policy , koma muli ndi umunthu guys ? Come on iwe mboli yako ndithu, nkazi wakoyo pa mtumbo pake

  5. The development is not bad bt what turns this into badness is that Malawi is a poor country with poor citizens that can’t afford to pay for a such amount,government has to look on that!!

  6. The development is not bad bt what turns this into badness is that Malawi is a poor country with poor citizens that can’t afford to pay for a such amount,government has look on that!!

  7. But does this also happen in southern & central regions or its only north? Media pliz try to findout in other region b4 pa air & give us again an example as u did @ Kafukule in Mzimba

  8. They can not manage to pay for their health but they can manage to buy kachasu. Fodya, paying mahule ndi zina zotere but not paying for health services. If we can’t pay for those services who will pay for us.

  9. Anthu ena mukangowelenga nkhani mulibe nthawi yoganiza koma kuyamba kunuoza/kutukwana,nkhani zapa fb sizonse zimakhala zoona. Zimangoonetsa kupelewela nzeru kumatukwana pa nkhani zabodza .

  10. And a Malawi mumandidabwitsa we rush to comment on something realistically without doubting the reporters, mmaiko anzathuwa they don’t entertain those nonsense, basi mwina dzana pa FB pompa anangoti, anjiru fumulani wamwalira, anthu mwayamba kale Ku commenter mumvekere RIP,taluza munthu wofunika,chonsecho akuchita report sitikumukaika konse kuti akunama,lero confirmed kuti anjiru Ali moyo, mwa commenter nso mukuti inu asatana woyipa, Malawians ha ha ha, I conquer with chiwamba dat kukhala mmalawi mkulimba mtima.

  11. Ine ndikugwira ntchito pa mzimba hospital pomwepo but this article is strange to me,pliz u admin where ever u get this clap,don’t take Malawians for granted,ukasowa cholinamizila boma ndi bwino kungokhala chete,a Malawi mitima ndiyokwera ndi kale ndi mmene zunthu zilili dziko muno,so don’t make them so angrier with clap of shit,muzifufuza bwino bwino zinazi,u r turning our country into rumours mongering country,

    • Komaso anthu a ku Thyolo ambiri ndi opepera. Ambiri ndi ma house girl ndi ma house boy nde info yambiri sangaipeze. Olo zokuti Bingu ankafuna kuti stadium ikamangidwe kumudzi kwawo ambiri aku Thyolo sadziwa. ine kunyumba kwanga kuli mnyamata wa ku Thyolo ndi garden boy koma ndimangomusungira kuti ndi wa kummwera koma ndi mbuli kwambiri. Ukamamuuza kuti zinthu boma ili sizikuyenda amangomwetulira.

    • Komaso anthu a ku Thyolo ambiri ndi opepera. Ambiri ndi ma house girl ndi ma house boy nde info yambiri sangaipeze. Olo zokuti Bingu ankafuna kuti stadium ikamangidwe kumudzi kwawo ambiri aku Thyolo sadziwa. ine kunyumba kwanga kuli mnyamata wa ku Thyolo ndi garden boy koma ndimangomusungira kuti ndi wa kummwera koma ndi mbuli kwambiri. Ukamamuuza kuti zinthu boma ili sizikuyenda amangomwetulira.

    • Paja alemba mchizungu, iwe ukugwila ntchito ku Mzimba district hospital, zolipilitsazi zikuchitika ku Kafukule health centre.

    • #Martin_Chimwala… Ukakwera pa nsana panjovu usamati pansi palibe mame… Ukapange research kachikenanso ukapeze kuti mdziko muno anthu osaphunzira ambiri ali mmaboma ati??… Ngati unalemba ntchito gardenboy wakuthyolo doesnt mean unalemba ntchito Thyolo yonse… and ngati umaganiza choncho ndekuti ukuganiza mopusa.. iwe unakatenga mbuli yosapita ku xul kukhala garden boy… amzako amakatenga wa form four kukhala garden boy… may God forgive you..

  12. our leaders do not have sometimes a spirit to care pipo at heart. tell me what kind of a Leader can be spending alot of money in several houses he resides while poor pipo are suffering in the hospitals. its just a matter of common sense just to use one house and save alot of money on the other houses and use that money to solve the problems we are facing in the hospitals.

  13. ndizomwe tinavotera , ndipo mazunzo akanabwerabe , sitinati MK25,000 wakumudzi akaipeza kuti sikutiseka ife akumudzi pamenepa , ambuye tiomboleni ngati mumamva kulira kwa ife ana anu zinthu zisanafike poipa ku malawi kuno ,,,,

  14. Malawi 24 or what you call yourself, K25000, for which drug.. Poor journalism has costed our country… Dont just make news out of nothing…

    • Pliz read the article, they are not charging for services at the facility but those who are refered to Mz Central are the ones being charged that amount.

    • My dear, there is no such thing at Mzimba. All I know is that in all Central Hospitals, a patient is charged if s/he goes straight without being referred by his nearest health centre or district hospital. In other words they don’t want outpatients at referral hospitals.

  15. guys Muzingomuyang’ana chocho pamenepo dziko lamukanika kulamula Mulungu ndiwamkulu atimenyera nkhondo guys.Pamepo mutu wake wakhala ngati wadya Chamba,panopa angolankhula Za chiphitsi Basi.Posachedwa mulungu atiganizira Msogoleri wina wabwino

  16. Kuno ku SA ndalama za misokho zimachokera mu sewu ndima shop basi ndipo pontha pa mwezi anthu wopanda makolo awo wokalamba ana wobandwa kumene amalandila ndalama ndiye dziko lanthuli likufuna kukolora pisalima? muchoke a peter ndinthu sindikufunani

  17. Kuno ku SA ndalama za misokho zimachokera mu sewu ndima shop basi ndipo pontha pa mwezi anthu wopanda makolo awo wokalamba ana wobandwa kumene amalandila ndalama ndiye dziko lanthuli likufuna kukolora pisalima? muchoke a peter ndinthu sindikufunani

  18. bodzatu ili!kufuna kuipitsilana mbiri uku,why only mzimba popexa mavutowa ali pali ponse?mwayambira patali compaign inu kumeneko,pitala pitala chaaani?mxuee

  19. koma ndiye pankholo panu ndithu where do you expect we poor citizens of this country could get such amount, komaa mach:-*:-*e okhwepawo agalu inu

  20. Ndimamva Chisoni Chachikulu kwambiri ndi Dziko lathu komwe likupita. Kodi Peter ndi ndina zake ndi a Malawi kapena ndi maforenazi ku Malawi. Chifukwa chiani akulamula dziko mopanda chisoni ndi mtúndu wa Malawi? Ndifiti kapena?

  21. pitala ngati zinthu zamukanika angotula pansi upresident akakakamira onse amene amamukonda akhala adani ake ndiye pitala watch out.

  22. Ndamva mpheketsera kuti Nothern Region akuigulitsa ku Tanzania .Ndipo Central Region aigulitsa ku Zambia , komanso Southern Region aigulitsa ku Mozambique be patient guyz January zikuchitika izi. No Malawi kuyambila Junaury 2016

  23. Peter asatitengele kuthako kwake kosasetako. Foolish learder who wants to see Malawians down .Tatopa naye afe ameneyu mxieeeee f*ck DPP . .

  24. Amalawi onani maiko azathu amapanga umodzi kodi pakuvuta pati kumotsa pampando falawo piter mutharika,pakufunika muching aziwe kut amalawi akwiya, dziko lamawi ndilosauka kale muganiza kut akumudzi angayipeze ndalama yochuluka chonchi never pliz plz atule pasi udindo zinda wa lilongwe usanaganize zina

  25. Koma ngati akulephera kugula baseni ya chimanga ya K600. Mukuganiza angapeze K25.000 yolipilira kuchipatala? Koma ngati Peter wamwa kachasu ochuluka, kulibwino amuchepetse pang’ono.
    Mmesa mumati mukufuna kuthetsa Mavuto inu?

  26. Malawi will remain poor bcz we have poor readers with poor mind they dnt think of how hard is for som1 to get that 25,000 I jus fill lyk to com & burn there houses those poor readers

  27. Malawi gvnt is going down and is not gud at all bcoz many people are suffering from hunger .And they don’t have tu think about pple

    • So what then? Will you pay the same for every Malawian or you are the only citizen reffered to in this nation? Do you mind that other patients are begging for food in areas around hospitals? Nosense!

  28. This is the best thing that has happened to malawi since with peter in office. People who oppose this are dumb af, dont think far enough into the future and just backwards minded

    • Sayken GondweI have been sick dozens of times. But, there are medicine shortages, how do you think we’ll solve that?? By asking the government to use the money it doesn’t have? Get a grip

    • Government should find ways on how to find money to help the poor rather than rob the poor n help the rich……i hope u ddnt go far with school

    • Yes let the poor die and the rich buy more land, build shops, factories and houses and will call it ‘development’.

    • Yes let the poor die and the rich buy more land, build shops, factories and houses and will call it ‘development’.

    • Malawi has been independent for a long time. Where are we now? We have had free hospitals this whole time and now we cant pay doctors, cant afford medicine, one of the worst education systems and you people still want the same old ways to continue. Malawi heavily relies on agriculture. But, a lot of countries do agriculture. You people will want more doctors, teacher, better roads, schools, police vehicles, fuel,electricity,water, you even want medicine but refuse to pay for it. Why? Is it because you dont want to? You cant? If thats the case then, when can you? Do you think things will get better with nothing changing. There are poor people in every country. But, in every successful country, they pay for their hospitals and schools. In rich countries, which can afford medicines anyways, people still pay. So what about the country that cant afford it?

    • Ryan Thawi thats another problem. Malawians start a lot of sentences with government. The government is not supposed to put food on your plate. Its not supposed to give you money if you’re poor. The government is supposed to make schools available for you to learn and jobs for you to work. Thats how you escape poverty. Educate yourself and work for it

    • Lonjezo you are naive we’d be able to pay all those doctors if we changed our budget.On vehicles, allowances and housing.And according to this page Peter already blew millions of kwachas on none essential functions. Liberal economics got us into this mess whether the IMF admits it or not.

    • But we were already in this mess. Malawi has always been in the list of poorest countries on earth, most under developed countries on earth, countries with worst education system, country with worst health system, country with the most poor people. We have always been on these lists. My mum is a nurse and i can remember her coming at home sometimes telling me how they didnt have medicine for this patient or that patient so they had to just improvise and send them away. Malawi has come to this place using a single system. And we are now the poorest country in the world. Maybe this is a bad move, yes this will be very inconvenient to the many poor people in our country. But, dont you think after dozens of years of the same thing something should change? Vitu Ngwira

    • At least when you start paying and nothing is changing, you can have a very good reason to complain. But, asking somebody without money will bring you nothing

    • Government’s current ineptitude in service delivery is because it is over spending on functions that do are blocking productivity. First, consider the expenditure we spend on the president (the state house, opc and all his allowances), the size of the executive in general (which includes ministers, deputy ministers, PS’s ), the allowances politicians get and some civil servants. The expenditure we spend on that is shameful and if we do a rigourous research into govt in general currently we’ll see alot of things that are none productive and are just wastage. Those hospitals are suffering because of priorities of the people in charge of the govts finances. And if we look at all the other liberal policies our govt has implemented, they have jusy pushed inflation, decreased in quality of the services and would be better if a management ,and administrative review was done.

  29. pena pake kumaganiza,anthu angati amene angapeze ndalama zimenezo,2019 ikuwandikira.Anthu amene mukuwazunzawa muzawafuna……..mukamadya zomafuta sikuti anthu onse akudya zamafuta,muziganizira agogo omwe ali mmidzi ndalama akayitenga kuti?

  30. Peter wayamba zachamba eti,kumpoto kulibe makampani anthu ndalama ayitenga kuti?anthu amangodya chinangwa kumeneku ndiye azilipiranso chipatala?Zachamba zimenezi

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