The Chief Executive Officer of SANLAM – Rwanda, Betty Sayinzoga says that the association of private hospitals in Rwanda (RPMFA) has no capacity to suspend the private agreements SANLAM had with private hospitals.
This comes after RPMFA has announced that it has suspended dealings with three insurance companies for failing to pay arrears accruing from the three to a one-year period.
According to an announcement released, the management of the Private Hospital Association temporarily terminated the medical partnership agreement with BRITAM, SANLAM and RADIANT insurance companies effective 25/01/2022.
The decision to suspend dealing with the insurance companies was issued by the Association of Private Hospitals in Rwanda (RPMFA) General Assembly held in Kigali on January 21, 2022, which brought together more than 130 members.
“We notify the clients who seek services from the private insurance companies said above that from the date of 25/01/2022 that they will have to pay 100% for themselves,” the announcement reads.
According to reports, one of the reasons for this decision is that some insurance companies have long-delayed payment for the services provided to their members and that they were given a month to complete the payment of their debts to private clinics but they did not comply.
On another hand, Betty Sayinzoga, the Chief Executive Officer, SANLAM, said she had not received any letter from the body informing them of the suspension therefore, she regards the announcement as a rumor; and even if it was the case, RPMFA had no capacity to stop the private agreements that the SANLAM has with the hospitals.
“This means that in order for the agreements to be suspended or postponed it requires the hospitals to apply for it and notify both partners,” she said.
Referring to the allegations in the delay of payment by SANLAM, Sayinzoga explained that the inspection they highlighted indicates some of the fraudulent and overpaid charges for the services they did not provide.