Treasury MEC Rob Tooley says effective revenue
collection strategies in the Department of Health were needed as millions
remained uncollected in the province.
The Limpopo Department of Health is sitting on up to R600-million
in outstanding debts, which national treasury says is due to inefficient
billing systems, patient details being incomplete, the late rendering of accounts,
the late processing of bills and a lack of support by senior management to
increase revenue collection.
Understanding the situation
Tooley said a provincial Treasury summit aimed to unlock
revenue collection potential and improve revenue management and accountability
and also to develop precise guidelines for effective revenue collection
strategies in the Health Department.
Tooley urged hospital managers to come on board and seek new
methods to improve the revenue collection in the province.
“The CEO’s of the hospitals should improve the revenue collection.
In the last financial year the intended revenue collection in our hospitals was
R180-million and that amount is reduced to R170 million. We need to understand
what the situation is and why the department is collecting less,” said Tooley.
'Better quality going forward'
“Let’s be reminded that health is paid for by individuals
who can afford to pay, and we are focusing on those individuals and institutions
such as the Road Accident Fund to pay like they are supposed to.”
Tooley added: “If we can collect more money, that means we
can put more money into health. In this instance, should the hospital collect more
than budgeted, that money will go back to that hospital. The idea is that money
will improve the facilities and the services given to citizens will be of
better quality going forward.”
The Department of Health reported that in 2017/18 they had
recovered R89-million of a total debt of R708-million as at the end of March.
This translated to 12.6% – an increase of 9.4% from the 2014/15 average of
3.2%. – Health-e News.
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