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Free health care in Burkina Faso: 3.4% of patients claim to have paid for services - P4H Network

Free health care in Burkina Faso: 3.4% of patients claim to have paid for services

And three for the Observatoire citoyen sur l’accès aux services de santé (OCASS). This third report for 2021 was made public on July 1 at a press conference. OCASS is a citizen watch system set up by RAME (Réseau accès aux médicaments essentiels) and its associative partners. The watch consisted in collecting information on good practices, malfunctions and difficulties encountered by users and healthcare providers in 710 health facilities spread across 39 health districts in Burkina’s thirteen regions.

The areas concerned are the management of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, the implementation of free care for pregnant women and children under 5, free family planning, the implementation of universal health insurance, community-based care by ASBCs (community-based health workers) and the overall operation of health facilities.

In addition to the positive points raised by the report, it also revealed malfunctions and difficulties encountered in the health facilities visited.

The report shows that 3.41% of free healthcare beneficiaries claimed to have paid for services in public health facilities, and 26.12% of health facilities experienced shortages of products used to treat free healthcare beneficiaries.

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