NSPA says Madhana won’t cover new clinic rates

National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) Director, Ibrahim Waheed, has told Haveeru that the Madhana health insurance scheme will not cover increased fees at private clinics. The government lifted control of clinic charges this week.

Earlier this week, an informed source told Minivan News that the clinic fees were likely to stay within the scope of the Madhana’s program.

NSPA reported said the Madhana program only covers the rates currently charged at hospitals and clinics. Any excess charges after the current Madhana rate will have to be paid for by the patient.

Haveeru News reports that some clinics have agreed to keep their current rates, to protect their clients. However, those clinics that want to increase their prices will be required to stop providing insurance services.

Clinics are still required to give the government a month’s notice before implementing price changes.


Private clinics increases charges

Haveeru has reported private health clinics in Male’ have increased consultation fee and other charges without the approval of the Health Ministry.

The charges were increased because doctors and other technical staff are being paid in US dollar and the rise in prices of medical consumables,” claimed some clinics according to Haveeru.

Meanwhile senior official at the Health Ministry Dr Ibrahim Yasir told the paper that the ministry has not allowed clinics to increase consultation fees and other charges, and that action could be taken against those clinics who increase the prices without the approval of the ministry.