Ugandan startup clinicPesa has come up with a micro-savings platform to help users save their healthcare funds. The firm saves money to purchase drugs and pay medical bill of any clinic, pharmacy or hospital registered on the platform. Users can take the help of Airtel and MTN mobile money services to save patients money. Healthcare industries are free to register with clinicPesa in order to receive immediate payments from the patients who have accumulated healthcare funds overtime.
Chrispinus Onyancha, CEO of the firm said he was inspired to set up the company when he was ill early last year and was unable to pay medical bills. This was not because he could not afford them, but rather due to being unprepared to offset medical bills given health insurance was not a readily available option.
“Luckily my doctor at that time agreed to treat me first, and be paid later. My only thought at that moment was how many doctors do not, and how many citizens go through the same challenges,” he said.
After few months Onyancha received funds from German development organization to mend the problems himself.
“The goal is to close the gap of the innumerable uninsured East African Community citizens with respect to healthcare and medication coverage using IT, as well as to enhance cross border health protection to support the EAC Common Market protocol,” Onyancha said.