Medicines – driving demand for health services in Uganda?
Utilisation of out-patient services at government health units in Uganda showed a significant increase following the abolition of user fees in 2001 and there is evidence that the door was opened for those who were least able to pay. Utilisation has been sustained at high levels since then and this paper points to concurrent improvements in the medicines supply system as a key factor contributing to continued high demand. Flow of medicines to the primary care level underpinned more effective delivery of the basic health package including preventive services.
In: Tashobya, C.; Ssengooba, F.; Oliveira-Cruz, V. (eds), Health systems reforms in Uganda: processes and outputs, London: Health Systems Development Programme, LSHTM, chp 4, pp 61-82, ISBN: 0 902657 77 1, 2006.