By Patricia Keamo, EMTV Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby
The recently launched National Health Insurance Scheme underwritten by PNG Health Assurance (PHA) Company signed its first Public Service Association last Friday (April 12).
National President of PNG Nurses Association, Fredrick Kebai, says after consultation with PHA, the union decided on the motion to sign up for the health insurance scheme.
Members of the PNG Nurses Association (PNGNA) signed up with PHA that will see over 8000 nurses nationwide benefiting from this health insurance scheme. Initially, PNGNA was with another health insurance company that covered their health insurance, however, after much consideration of the policies that PHA offers, the Association’s General Secretary, Gibson Siune, says they are convinced that PHA is the way forward for them.
PHA Specialist Advisor, Raj Juta, says PNGNA is the first Public Servants Association to sign up with them and they are happy and confident that many other associations will follow the benchmark set by the Nurses Association.