Con­fu­sion over Rawaca health bill

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN Edited by Osea Bola

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.

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