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What is Gov’t doing with NHI money? - Resident asks

- said Gov't needs to tell the public how much money NHI is bringing in & how it is being used
Some Twelve Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty-nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Six dollars ($12,969,306) was paid out to local private health care providers as of August 31st 2016 under NHI. Photo: Internet Source
According to a concerned Virgin Islander, Minister for Health and Social Security Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) should tell the public how much money NHI is making and what it is being used for. Photo: VINO/File
According to a concerned Virgin Islander, Minister for Health and Social Security Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) should tell the public how much money NHI is making and what it is being used for. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "What is Government doing with NHI money?" This a question a resident of the Virgin Islands (UK) said needs to be answered by the management of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme or the responsible Minister, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL).

"These are real questions these people (government) need to be answering to the media, these are the questions. Fraser (Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser, RA) and Fahie‎ (VIP chairman Hon Andrew A. Fahie) should stop the nonsensical fight for power and ask, these are questions we the people need to have answered," said a concerned resident who declined to be identified.

"Bishop [John I.] Cline rich, I am not, so I can't let you use my name cause I working for government, so let them talk if they want, I hiding behind you VINO."

The public servant, who works in the health care system, said she feels the money collected by NHI since its introduction in January 2016, is likely to be more than five times the figures circulating as ‎paid to private health care facilities and other expenses.

"My suspicion is that they are using NHI money to take care of other bills and things. No way the country broke and they got that sitting there just like they using Social Security monies to do all sorts of things, just so they using NHI money and pressuring and threatening employers who behind their payments."

"Just as how government got it hard just so some employers catching hell and what NHI doing threatening people and punishing employees ‎is unlawful. You media got to stop being afraid to ask the hard questions. We the people can’t get to ask so you have to be our voice, do it responsibly.

Millions paid out

‎The mandatory NHI started in January 2016 despite much opposition.

While it is unclear how much money has been raked in so far, information unearthed by this news site back in November 2016 revealed that the National Health Insurance (NHI) paid out large sums of money to healthcare providers in the Virgin Islands (VI).

The highest paid out, according to our information, was to Eureka Medical Clinic who raked in $3,338,055.46 for its services.

Others who made over a million dollars within eight months from the NHI scheme were B&F Medical Complex, Bougainvillea Clinic and Medicure Laboratory.

It is important to note that Eureka and Bougainvillea Clinics, as well as Medicure Laboratory, are owned by the same person/s and, according to the information made available to this news site, made over $6 million for their services.

17 Responses to “What is Gov’t doing with NHI money? - Resident asks”

  • yes (02/02/2017, 17:08) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am paying in and cant a thing from them. All them want to do pay the money to these thiefing medical centres in BVI. At least i had a little money on my account. They cant force me to keep getting mediocre services from here. Let me stick with my overseas doctor who by the way is cheaper.
  • Kermit (02/02/2017, 17:11) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    ask the people who making Millions and Millions and Millions
  • street reporter. (02/02/2017, 17:19) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    They have a huge Staff. Create work for young people.. good and bad. What I don't understand you sick have to travel. U get no travelling assistance. No boarding assistance.. Caribbean insurance and NNagico they were good. Very good insurance, they assisted you all the Way. Maybe NHI assisting who they want...
  • Helter Skelter (02/02/2017, 17:20) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can only watch on as that one man rakes in all those millions through his numerous businesses....I weep for my BVI cause greed will always be the downfall of the wicked.
    • Oh dear (03/02/2017, 12:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes that one man will soon take over our country cause all the money going in this one business
  • NHI. is good and will be great. (02/02/2017, 17:25) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    NH is good. Just need a few adjustments. But they are really trying. One thing the need to consider is helping really sick patient who has to travel with their tickets.. I really think NHI will get better and serve us well.
    • Doctors waaay took high. (02/02/2017, 21:11) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'M from Nevis and my Doctor in St Kitts charge me $80ec or $30 us for a visit. A complete and comprehensive physical check up..My Doctor is just as good or better than these here who charging me. $170 us which is $450ec. So u know how these greedy doctors steeling our money. Then again u can't blame the Doctors it's the Minister allow it to happen.
    • @nhi is good (02/02/2017, 22:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      cuz our government cares so much,your delusional
  • gullyside (02/02/2017, 20:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • yoyo (02/02/2017, 20:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Spending the NHS money on those who never registered with NHI
  • Ronnie ain studying we. (02/02/2017, 21:15) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like Ronnie. This health ministry is not for him. I'm certain that Myron would have done a better job at health than Ronnie.. Ronnie allow this to happen.. I am disappointed in Ronnie...I like him. They travel all over so they know medical is too high here. As a matter afact. In the Caribbean. The 3 highest cost for medical are BVI. Trinidad and Barbados.
  • staind (02/02/2017, 21:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    imagine we appointment millionaires to fix a problem dat made them become millionaires,what a freakin joke!
  • Wrong, Wrong, Wrong (02/02/2017, 23:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am shocked with what I just read. This is a form of conflict of interest converted to greed. We are place in a position to pay extra and higher taxes to the government, which is already unfair and heartless. In addition to that we the struggeling tax payers are contributing to the scheme to aid the millionaires toward their goal to becoming billionaires. This is unconstitutional and unethical. I don't think we really stood up to fight this.
  • Political Observer (PO) (03/02/2017, 05:15) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    There should be transparency, responsibility and accountability for the revenues collected and expenditures made from the NHI. Further, NHI revenues should be "fence" i.e., can only be used for healthcare purposes. Medical care should be a labour love. Doctors should not behave like vultures trying drain every drop of blood out of patients. They should not be overcharging patients because NHI is paying. It is government fault, for they should have established fair and reasonable prices for medical services. It has/had the leverage to set fair and reasonable prices. What is needed is some serious competition to cast the vultures out in the cold. But the greedy bastards probably would not care for they have already made their $$M. Stop gouging the NHI you dirty bas......ds. Doctors and lawyers are now in the same league. Sad.
  • NHI (04/02/2017, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We will get better but I am convinced that something is seriously wrong with prices. Its no way that the same check up you did before nhi a year ago could double and triple in the space of months. Something is wrong with that picture.

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