President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom early Monday restored the national healthcare insurance scheme of the Maldives, ‘Aasandha’, as before to provide service to both the public and private sectors.
This decision comes after Aasandha Company abruptly limited services only to state-run hospitals and medical centres late Saturday.
Without prior notice, the sudden decision was made Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. while the results of Local Council Elections 2017 were being published.
A statement released by the President’s Office states that the government had no interference with the decision. However, the government had earlier requested the board of National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) to enhance its services, and the agency last Wednesday decided to exclude inpatient, outpatient, laboratory and scan services from the Aasandha services list at private hospitals.
The government added that the current scheme is not an effective service and that foreign monetary authorities have highlighted leakages in the government expenditure on the scheme. Hence, the government stated that they have been advised to carry out the scheme as per the International Best Practice.
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