FMC Decries High Rate of Indebtedness by NHIS

The Board chairman of the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja Dr. Alex Ideh has decried the high rate of indebtedness by the National Health Insurance Scheme, where services rendered are unpaid for noting that has been quite challenging for the hospital.

Dr. Ideh said this on Friday at the 2021 Managed Healthcare Stakeholders Summit and Award held in Abuja with the Theme: Managed Healthcare, a Worthwhile Health Related Policy and Culture.

The Chairman who reeled out other challenges faced by the hospital to include availability of space to accommodate the enrolee of the Universal Health Coverage that patronise the hospital said they have about 30,000 enrolee in their NHIS list but lack the infrastructural capacity to accommodate them.

He however assured that they are currently expanding their infrastructures to accommodate these enrolees to deliver quality services to them.

Dr. Ideh also said another problem the hospital is grappling with is the tariff for treatment that the government has put for services to the generality of the public.

He said the tariff is very small compared to the economy of today but assured that they will do all within their power to ensure that enrolees of the Universal Health Coverage are well catered for.

The Executive Secretary Petroleum Equalization Fund Management Board Ahmed Bobboi whose organisation is under the NHIS of the Federal Medical Center, said the organisation had disengaged from the services of the FMC due to issues of reconciliation of medical bills and the attitude of the staff towards their patients.

He however said they returned to the service after the new management assured of improved services and satisfaction which he claims they have been enjoying since the resumption of the new management.

He said if there is courtesy and empathy between patient and their medical personnel things will improve. He however assured that they will continue to support the management especially with prompt payment of medical bills

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