Member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Dhaandhoo constituency MP Mohamed Riyaz has said today that the decision by the Finance Committee of the Parliament to discontinue national insurance service 'Aasandha' from private hospitals was unjust and unfair.
At a press conference held by MDP’s parliamentary group Riyaz said that changing the system so that patients can only get Aasandha services in private hospitals via a permit through a doctor working at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) would add further constraints and stress on the people.
“Its unjust to cut down Aasandha services (from private hospitals). We know the state of IGMH, we know how long one has to wait just to get a queue number,” Riyaz said.
“This is a plan by the committee so that all MPs will be accused. This can’t be done. I call on the people to rise against this.”
He said that if the MDP backed government had been in power it would have tried to settle out the costs of Aasandha somehow and that if costs cannot be managed to find an alternative solution instead of cutting the service out, suggesting that changes can be brought to the Health Insurance Act or the that the parliament could approve more funding for the scheme.
Riyaz said that he did not believe that if Aasandha was to cease functioning any other similar health insurance service for the people would be established.
He noted that while the government has decided to cut back on Aasandha it has continued to spend on other expenses the administration wants to spend on highlighting the expenditure on the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the expenditure on foreign PR agencies.