The National Trade Union of Private Medical Doctors in Cameroon (SYNAMEC) has resolved to stop treating company workers on company bonds due to what they have said is unpleasant changes in the response of insurance companies in the payment of medical bills.
Meeting in Douala on July 22, Members of SYNAMEC came to the conclusion that insurers usually take a long period to settle bills, which sometimes end up not being completely settled.
Justifying their decision, they say heads of companies become reluctant to pay bills after their workers have been treated and also expressed frustrations that insurance companies in most cases come up with every excuse to pay bills.
Speaking to Mimi Mefo info, Dr Nick Ngwanyam MD, CEO of St Louis Clinic Bamenda, says he stopped treating company workers in the North West regional Chief town for the same reasons.
Worried that health care in Cameroon has become more of a money making affair, Dr Nick Ngwanyam said some of his colleagues medical practitioners, unfortunately push up bills and make fake papers to get more money from partners or client institutions.
To Dr Nick Ngwanyam, “It’s also a good thing that the system has crashed, since all Cameroonians are cheats. Everyone falls in the same pit. Health care lost its focus. The poor cannot afford out of pocket healthcare services in private clinics. These depended a lot on companies and insurance “.
SYNAMEC members also threatened to discontinue treatments on bonds which are already in their possession, but say the decision, does not apply to emergency cases.
Mimi Mefo Info