PwC to audit bills for Libyan patients in Jordan
Auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is to help deal with unpaid Libyan hospital bills in Jordan
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Private hospitals[in Jordan] should cooperate with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a company that the Libyan government has recently entrusted to settle the bill for Libyan patients, the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) said on Sunday.
At a press conference, PHA President Fawzi Hammouri noted that the company has been hired to audit the hospital bills for Libyan patients, adding that the outstanding dues will only be paid after PwC completes auditing the medical files and invoices.
"PwC is one of the world’s largest providers of assurance, tax, and business consulting services," according to its website.
"The company, which is considered one of the biggest auditing firms in the world, will take a 10 per cent random sample of invoices to examine and compare them with Libyan patients' medical files and conditions," Hammouri said.
He pointed out that PwC has completed examining 9,000 bills for Libyan patients who received medical care in Greece, after which the Libyan government paid $300 million to Greek hospitals and hotels.
Noting that local hospitals have treated over 65,000 Libyans, the PHA president expressed private hospitals' willingness to close the outstanding dues file and "open a new page".
A meeting will be held on Tuesday between the committee that was formed by Health Minister Abdul Latif Wreikat last week to follow up on the unpaid bills and the Libyan health office.
The tab for Libyan patients treated at private hospitals is around JD150 million, according to Hammouri, who expected the figure to go down to JD120 million after the auditing process.
He noted that Libya has already paid JD28 million of the outstanding dues.
During Sunday's press conference, the PHA president also indicated that there were "positive signs" that the Palestinian Authority will pay its dues to Jordan's private hospitals soon.
In addition, Hammouri said the number of foreign nurses working in Jordan does not exceed 500 and that private hospitals are working to replace them with local staff.
"More than 90 per cent of employees in the Kingdom's private hospitals are Jordanians, except for cleaners and some foreign nurses," he added.
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