The Health and Management Care Organisations of Nigeria (HMCAN) has said all allegations of corruption against them by the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) were neither professional nor operational but personal.
Mr. Tunde Ladele, yesterday signed a statement which he said, “It is noteworthy that Prof Usman Yusuf arrived on this assignment as the ES of NHIS with a mindset of undermining the HMOs.
“A leading item in his ‘HMOs must die’ crusade is the refunds HMOS are making to NHIS, which we are sacrificing to save the industry. The circumstances surrounding this need a clear understanding.”
The body said Prof Yusuf, on assumption of duty in 2016, without consulting with the HMOs, insisted that 50 percent of backlog payment to HMOs must be refunded while threatening to shut the industry down if payment is not made.
“As critical investors with huge investments in Nigerian healthcare space, the HMOs unanimously agreed to make the refund to avoid dislocations in the industry. This was a business decision by the HMOs and not necessarily because the payment was not properly earnest, an impression Prof Yusuf has laboured so hard to sell to the public.”
The statement further revealed that re-accreditation has been done successfully in the past a number of times without so much malicious pressure and deliberate high hurdles such as what were set in this latest experience by the ES.
While challenging the NHIS boss to name and shame defaulters among HMOs, the association said it was not possible that all HMOs were operating with total defaults.