The decision has been made to open the National Health Insurance Scheme 'Aasandha' to private hospitals and clinics with a pre-agreed charge from patients.
In a press statement yesterday by Aasandha Company detailed that following the decision by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to open Aasandha services to private hospitals and clinics, relevant policies, frameworks and administrative procedures have been revised and redrafted.
According to the statement, Aasandha services would be available from private hospitals and clinics with effect from August 1.
State Health Minister and National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) Borad Chairman Thorig Ali Luthfee explained that Aasandha has been opened for the private medical establishments that had agreed to provide health care under predefined prices by NSPA. He added that the price would be amount that does not burden the patients.
“In addition to what is being from Aasandha, they might charge a small amount from the patient. Once they agree to the price with us, they cannot alter that price,” Thorig detailed.
He further added that though Aasandha is currently available from private ADK Hospital, from August 1, health insurance scheme would be made available once the hospital conforms to the prices declared by NSPA. Thorig said that four clinics had agreed to the NSPA’s prices so far and the respective agreements would be signed at the earliest.
Thorig stressed that though a small amount would be charged from private hospitals and clinics, health care would be available free under the Aasandha scheme from all government health care facilities.
He added that the prices of services available from private hospitals and clinics would be publicized in the Aasandha Company’s website.