Mohammed Hussein of Nadawa subdivision in Nasinu will be evacuated to India along with his wife Suruj Kumari on Friday 22nd July, 2011 for cardiac treatment under his health insurance cover from Housing Authority.
Housing Authority chief executive officer said, “Housing Authority introduced its health insurance policy for home owners in 2008 as a result of noting an increase in cardiac and cancer cases among its customers”.
Over 6000 home owners are covered under the Housing Authority’s mortgage protection insurance policy which comes into effect in the event of the customers death and or total permanent disability. The cover ensures that the surviving family are freed from any debt as the policy settles the remaining balance on the home loan account.
Under the health insurance cover, if a Housing Authority home owner is diagnosed with a cardiac condition or cancer, the insurance company requires a second medical opinion to verify the diagnosis. Upon meeting these conditions, Housing Authority is able to provide its customers who are covered under the policy with medical treatment in India.
“The health insurance covers the visa application, return airfares, accommodation, meals, treatment and also covers the cost of sending a support person or spouse. In critical cases, Housing Authority is also able to send a medical practitioner to accompany the customer”, he further added.
Since the launch of the health insurance policy in 2008, Housing Authority has sent 14 of its customers to India.
These customers have been successfully treated, returned to Fiji and since continued to lead productive lives and most have returned to full employment.
Housing Authority is expected to send another two home owners from the western division for cardiac treatment next week to India.
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