Roberts: NHIA still awaiting direction on public insurer

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The board of the National Health Insurance Authority is still awaiting direction surrounding the establishment of a public insurer, according to the board’s Chairman Dr. Robin Roberts.

Speaking with Guardian Business yesterday on the sidelines of a Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) luncheon, Roberts said, “Once we have gotten our legal opinion and direction from the Office of the Attorney General, then we will proceed in the matter in which we have been instructed by the act.”

During his presentation, Roberts weighed in on the pros and cons of having a public insurer, but still did not provide a definite position on the matter.

Roberts indicated during a question-and-answer session that the government needs to have a public insurer because it would be a not-for-profit entity, but acknowledged that private entities would do a better job in running such a venture.

The former Christie administration stressed the need to create a public insurer that can offer the benefits package of National Health Insurance (NHI).

However, Minister of Health Duane Sands said in July that the government would not allow a single, publicly-owned insurer to manage the NHI scheme, adding that the scheme should be adjusted to include more private sector input.

However, the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has expressed its opposition to the establishment of a public insurer, even if it is wholly-owned by the government but privately managed.

Chairman of the BIA Emmanuel Komolafe called such a collaboration a “meaningless distinction”.

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