Confusion over Rawaca health bill
There is still some unanswered questions and confusion regarding the payment of bills incurred by Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Savenaca Rawaca. Rawaca copped a serious ankle injury during the Hong Kong 7s earlier this month and upon assessment, he was diagnosed with septic arthritis on his left ankle. Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) clarified on Thursday they have paid Rawaca’s bills which amounted to $3000. But Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) general manager Joji Nakaora has confirmed that FTA has also paid Rawaca’s bill yesterday morning which amounted to $1,488.65. Rawaca was admitted at the Suva Private Hospital (SPH) under the FTA Health Scheme which caters to help members and relatives. “I am representing the 4000 members, the executives and the families of FTA,” Nakaora said. “When we admit a patient at the SPH we have to issue an order which we did on April 18 and this order allowed him to be admitted to the SPH. “We have paid our monthly bill of $9,525.49 this morning (yesterday morning) and we have the invoice for that, inclusive in that invoice is Rawaca’s bill of $1,488.65 which has been paid as well. “In regards to the statement by FRU, we do respect FRU and their effort to maintain the welfare of its contracted workers, however, we put our hands up to help Rawaca out of concern at that moment and we admitted him all for the love of rugby and not anything against FRU. “I wish to make it clear that FTA has made the payment because Rawaca was admitted under our order.” Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said they received three invoices from SPH which amounted to $3000 including an invoice of Rawaca’s bill of $1,488.65 which was paid yesterday by FTA. “Rawaca was discharged last week Thursday and went into camp on Monday,” O’Connor said. “But he was told by our physiotherapist William Kwoong that his injury still hasn’t healed and he needed to go back to the hospital. “When we went back, the hospital told him that he had outstanding bills to pay from his last admission which needed to be paid before any other treatment could be administered and that is what we paid. “But still, FTA should know that Rawaca is not a member of their association and needed to pay his bills upon discharge. “But maybe there was a misunderstanding on the Suva Private Hospital’s side, I do not know.” Suva Private Hospital general manager David Qumivutia has refused to comment on the issue because of confidentiality.