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Untimely payments can deny residents care under NHI – Roy Barry

- says employers will be pursued in cases of delinquency
Persons whose employers fail to make payments under the National Health Insurance (NHI) within a timely manner could be denied treatment at health facilities, according to Deputy Director of the BVI Social Security Board, Mr Roy Barry. Photo: VINO/File
Once implemented, the NHI will become a mandatory programme requiring all legal residents to contribute to the system once they are determined to be able to pay. Image: VINO/File
Once implemented, the NHI will become a mandatory programme requiring all legal residents to contribute to the system once they are determined to be able to pay. Image: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Persons whose employers fail to make payments under the National Health Insurance (NHI) within a timely manner could be denied treatment at health facilities.

This was revealed by Mr Roy Barry, Deputy Director of the BVI Social Security Board during the Speak Your Mind TV show aired on September 14, 2013. Once implemented, the NHI will become a mandatory programme requiring all legal residents to contribute to the system once they are determined to be able to pay.

“If the contributions are not submitted in a timely manner, after a certain period, you’d be denied access to care,” Barry stated. He further disclosed that this period has not yet been determined.

He noted that employees would need to submit their payslips to verify that monies were deducted from their salaries towards the NHI and offered that negligent or delinquent employers woud be policed to ensure that their contributions are being made.

Residents will be required to make a contribution of 7.5 percent of their earnings towards the NHI, with half of this amount being paid by employers on behalf of their staff.

Employees, Barry assured, have the right to check with the NHI office to ensure that their contributions are being made up to date.

“When you seek to access care and your card is swiped, automatically it will state whether or not you qualify for care, based on the National Health Insurance payments. In the event that your contributions are not up to date, then it would state that you can’t access care with National Health Insurance,” Barry stated.

Mr Barry further said that persons denied care under these circumstances could pay for their care upfront then take their payslips to the NHI office for this to be rectified.

“We will actively pursue the employers, and if we have to take them to court, that we will do,” Barry assured.

Persons requiring emergency care overseas have a forty-eight (48) hour window period to make contact with the NHI and inform them of their medical situation, according to Barry.

He also advised persons under the NHI that it may be better to have a supplementary insurance instead of having two insurance providers and he gave an example where the NHI may pay up to 80 percent of a claim while the private insurance can pay the 20 percent balance. This can allow the claimant to have zero expense in certain instances.

13 Responses to “Untimely payments can deny residents care under NHI – Roy Barry”

  • . (16/09/2013, 09:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    So dem going leave a man dead because he didn't pay in? or leh a person die because them here illegal?
  • Well (16/09/2013, 09:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    “If the contributions are not submitted in a timely manner, after a certain period, you’d be denied access to care,”

    More reason why we should not have this plan. This statement calls for clarity.
  • Blind eye (16/09/2013, 09:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

    Meh son I done turn a blind eye because he done learn to tell so much l!e like the premier it ain't funny. Take that thing off the table because we have no money for it. Talk done.

    • DIVA (17/09/2013, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THE LITTLE EMERGENCY MONEY (CAR REPAIRS ETC) GOING STRAIGHT 2 NHI. WHAT WILL I DO; MONEY DONE SMALL ALREADY.
  • DownUnder (16/09/2013, 09:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I work for an employer who NEVER gives us the employees payslips. We have complained to the Labor Department time and time again but instead of getting our payslips, we usually get threats of termination for going to complain. Now suppose I need to get help from NHI and my employer has not paid in what he took out/ That sounds to me like I will have to foot my own bill and won't get back my money?
  • bottom (16/09/2013, 10:20) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    who and why they still pushing this NHI? I have to get to the bottom of it!!!
  • facts man (16/09/2013, 12:50) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    mR. bARRY IS DOING A GOOD JOB BUT HE CANNOT BEAT fRASER
  • Concerned (16/09/2013, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NHI seems like it will be an additional and UNFAIR tax burden. If it is as good as they are trying to convince us that it is, why should I still have to keep my current health insurance? I can NOT afford both and the NHI apparently won't give the kind of coverage that is needed in order to make a person feel comfortable with the level of care and option which will be available. Please rethink the NHI.
  • Hodges (16/09/2013, 21:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have to be careful. I know of 18 families that left these shores for various reason in the last 8 months .these were long term residents. (15 years). I met a family yesterday who are leaving for better healthcare. ( over25 years here) so we ought to be careful not to drive investors ,potential investors and long term residents away.
  • Oh No (16/09/2013, 23:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All you looking for a lawsuit Mr. Barry. You will hear from people's lawyer for this nonsense. Employer deduct they ain't pay and I am penalized.

    NONSENSE!
  • nonsense (17/09/2013, 21:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What nonsense is this. So employer are still no going to be held accountable. They presently owe SSB millions and they are not paying or being pursued to pay and once more the onus is being place on the employee to pay what was collected from them by the employers already. You have local companies who have not paid SS in years and nothing is being done about it. It should be part of the procedural policy of the SSB that after 2 months the employer is given a warning. After 3 months a second warning, and they are automatically taken to court after 4 months of deliquency regardless of the whoes friend it is. A less costly and very effective approach will however be to print a public notice in the newspapers after 3 months of delinquency stating that the particular employer SS payment is delinquent. You will see how quickly they pay up..


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