An audit of Tanzania’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has exposed massive loot through false medical claims.
According to Charles Kichere, the Controller Auditor General (CAG), unscrupulous public officials in the local and national government in collaboration with public institutions were in on the elaborate plan to siphon public funds.
The report tabled in Tanzania’s National Assembly on April 14, by the CAG revealed irregularities in the countries NHIF in which the government made losses amounting to millions.
Tanzania NHIF fraud
According to the report, 731 people were part of the fraud.
There were also thousands of claims worth millions in which the names of the beneficiaries did not correspond with that of the card holder.
There were 56 claims at NHIF indicating that men were given emergency services for delivery via cesarean section while these are services meant for womenCAG
“Some 444 individuals received full blood picture examination more than once on the same day. In fact, some even more than 30 times in the same health facility,” said Kichere.
The most stunning revelation was the uncovering of fake documents showing 56 men having given birth through cesarean section.
While addressing the media in Dodoma, the CAG said: “There were 56 claims at NHIF indicating that men were given emergency services for delivery via cesarean section while these are services meant for women.”