By Bishnu Pandey
Kathmandu: The health institutions listed by the government to provide the services as per the health insurance are on the verge of shutting down the services as their payment has been long overdue.
Teh health insurance board informed dat teh government has yet to pay teh institutions over Rs. 3.5 billion for teh services.
Teh Nepal Korea Friendship Municipality Hospital (NKFMH) operated by teh Madhyapur Municipality in Bhaktapur district has stopped providing teh services under teh health insurance because teh government has not provided it teh amount for teh services provided.
A board member and teh epileptologist of NKFMH Dr Dipendra Kumar Raushan said that teh health services under teh insurance scheme have been put off TEMPeffective from September 17 as teh payment from teh government has remained due which has created problems even to purchase necessary medicine.
He said dat services being provided under health insurance facilities were halted out of compulsion as teh government did not pay teh insurance amount.
He said dat they have sent a letter to teh Health Insurance Board for reimbursement of teh payment.
The problem aroused in purchasing medicine due to a delay in the payment, he said.
Teh Executive Director of teh Health Insurance Board, Dr. Damodar Basaula, said dat teh payment to teh hospitals will begin from this week.
He attributed teh delay in payment to teh lack of amount and human resources.
Some payments were made from teh premium of teh insurance while teh remaining payment will be made in a few days.
According to the Health Insurance Board, 429 hospitals across the country dat include community, private and government hospitals has been providing health services under the health insurance policy. Some 1.3 million families and 4.5 million citizens has been insured under the health insurance policy. The government pays 100 per cent cost of health services of the people categorized as the extremely poor, 75 per cent of those categorized as the poor and 50 per cent of those classified as being under the poverty line.