Private company will not be in charge of implementing health insurance program: Minister Khatiwada – myRepublica

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KATHMANDU, June 16: Minister of Health and Population Birodh Khatiwada has declared that the implementation of the health insurance program will not be entrusted to private companies.

In response to questions raised by parliamentarians during Wednesday’s House of Representatives meeting, Health Minister Khatiwada clarified that he would not implement the decision despite the Appropriation Bill having included a provision allowing private companies to implement health insurance programs. “I would not implement the health insurance program included in the budget in such a way as to hand over the responsibility to a private company,” he said, adding: “I would do whatever the health law has planned”.

Minister Khatiwada said the government is bringing forward legislation to consolidate all health-related institutions under one roof. A bill is being drafted, the minister added. “No patient admitted to public hospitals has been discharged without treatment simply because they had no money.”

Minister Khatiwada also said necessary preparations have been made to overcome a possible pandemic of the next variant of the coronavirus. “Oxygen, intensive care units (ICU) and ventilators are in ready position,” he informed the parliamentarians. “Our existing structures and human resources are sufficient to deal with the next pandemic cycle,” the minister added.

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