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Ivory Coast: consultation fees up for patrons of private health facilities

Ivory Coast

<p>Patrons of private health facilities in Ivory Coast are to pay fee more for consultation beginning January 1, 2019.</p> <p>General medical consultation will increase by 25% while specialized medical consultation will go up by 16%. </p> <p>This means the population will have to pay a little over 22 euros to see a general practitioner and 26 euros for a specialist. </p> <p>President of the Association of Private Clinics of Ivory Coast has defended the move, saying this is a first since 1998.</p> <p>Dr. Joseph Boguifo, said private clinics face enormous difficulties due to high living costs and fiscal pressures. </p> <p>According to him, these are not new tariffs since they have already been approved by the Ivorian government following the devaluation. </p> <p>In the capital Abidjan, Fraternité matin, the daily public service newspaper has urged the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, to tread cautiously in the implementation of the new fees. </p> <p>On August 9, 2018, the insurers and health professional association of Ivory Coast asked for a broader consultation before the commencement of the policy which takes effect on January 1, 2019.</p>
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