THE National Assembly will decide today whether to let Bank of Tanzania staff continue with a private health insurance company or join the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) on medical care and treatment, Speaker Job Ndugai said yesterday.
The Speaker told ‘Daily News’ that it was with nation interest that all public institutions consider the National Health Insurance scheme owing to the benefit that the Fund had since contributed to the public health sector across the country.
PAC is expecting to head over its findings to the Speaker today, however the legislative boss maintains the “findings won’t be for public consumption.”
“We don’t expect that Members of Parliament must debate these findings.
The report will help the assembly advise the Central Bank management on the best approach to take,” he said. He said most private institutions had limited support compared to NHIF.
It means, he said, any payment made was likely to be invested back within the country. “Unless they have a solid reason we can let them continue with the private company,” he said.
Bank of Tanzania management and board of directors were grilled by the Parliamentary watchdog committee over alleged huge medical expenses that it was spending on its workers annually.
BoT had contracted an private agency to handle its health insurance. Ulanga MP Mr Goodluck Mlinga claimed that BoT is the leading institution, spending huge some of money as medical expenses.
Mlinga said the government is implementing measures to cut spendings that include suspending foreign medical treatments, unfortunately it was different with the central bank staff.
“This is different. A worker goes to India to seek medical treatment for flu. These are huge taxpayers monies,” he said.
While almost all government institutions use the NHIF for its employees, BoT had contracted a private institution and the lawmaker says it’s extremely expensive and costly to the state.