Govt owes E125 mil­lion to SA ser­vice providers

Observer on Saturday - - News -

AE600 000 debt by the Phalala Fund to one of the South African ser­vice providers that could have been man­aged sud­denly shot up to E1 mil­lion in just six months.

This is part of the find­ings by the Par­lia­ment Se­lect Com­mit­tee that vis­ited the South African ser­vice providers on a fact find­ing mis­sion this week. Chair­man Sandile Nx­u­malo told the Ob­server on Satur­day this week they were ap­palled to learn that some ser­vice providers are pre­ferred than oth­ers when pay­ments are made by the Fund ad­min­is­tra­tors. He stated that they were told that the above amount, which was not paid in time to an eye spe­cial­ist, even­tu­ally shot up to E1 mil­lion be­cause the ser­vice provider had no one to speak to per­tain­ing to the pay­ment as no one from the min­istry of health both­ers to ne­go­ti­ate with the owed ser­vice providers.

Nx­u­malo re­vealed that in to­tal, they found out that gov­ern­ment owes as much as E125 mil­lion with E20 mil­lion be­ing owed to ser­vice providers un­der Net­care, an um­brella body for some of these ser­vice providers.

The South African in­sti­tu­tions, es­pe­cially those un­der Net­care, stopped pro­vid­ing med­i­cal as­sis­tance to Emaswati with the hope that gov­ern­ment would act fast in ne­go­ti­at­ing for con­tin­ued treat­ment while scout­ing for money to set­tle the debts.

“The sit­u­a­tion on the ground is very bad and of­fi­cials from Net­care told us that noth­ing was com­ing in as pay­ment to their af­fil­i­ates. Mind you, these in­clude the five star health ser­vice providers that in­clude Mil­park and Sun­ninghill where Emaswati would re­ceive the best treat­ment, es­pe­cially in can­cer re­lated treat­ments.

We are talk­ing here about at least 57 ser­vice providers un­der Net­care, who have all stopped treat­ing Swazis. There are some ser­vice providers that are owed as much as E10 mil­lion, but were hum­ble enough to meet us and dis­cuss the way for­ward,” elab­o­rated Nx­u­malo.

The leg­is­la­tor also sounded wor­ried that upon their in­ves­ti­ga­tions they found out that the whole mess in the ad­min­is­tra­tion dates back to 2013 when the term of the 10th Par­lia­ment com­menced and sub­se­quently when the cur­rent Min­is­ter of Health Si­bongile Sime­lane took over the reins at the min­istry.

NO LAUGH­ING MAT­TER: Som­n­tongo Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Sandile Nx­u­malo.

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