Hemas Hospitals renews NITF partnership with best benefit scheme for public servants

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NITF CEO Sanath C. de Silva handing over the agreement to Hemas Hospitals Managing Director of Dr. Lakith Pieris, flanked by Hemas Hospital Wattala Director/General Manager Dr. Lasantha Karunasekara, Hemas hospital Wattala Senior Manager Business Development Shammi Perera, Hemas Hospital Group Head of Business Nishantha Jayamanna, and NITF Chairman Manjula de Silva

Sri Lanka’s most trusted internationally accredited healthcare provider, Hemas Hospitals, recently renewed its revolutionary partnership with the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) with a major upgrade to its extensive portfolio of healthcare benefits and services offered to state sector employees. Under the new agreement, state sector employees who are members of the NITF’s ‘Agrahara’ insurance scheme will enjoy the wide spectrum of benefits Hemas Hospitals has packaged under its ‘Upahara’ program for state sector employees. 

The new benefit scheme offers free OPD doctor consultations for the state sector employees and their families, as well as a 50% discount on hospital charges for specialist consultations, 20% discount on laboratory, radiological and cardiological investigations, 20% discount on physiotherapy and a 15% discount on hospital charges for inpatient care. Members are also eligible for a 5% discount off their bills for purchases made from pharmacies located within the Hemas Hospital premises as well as the option of getting two out-patient health checkup packages at a discounted price 

The MoU was signed by NITF Chief Executive Officer Sanath C. De Silva and Hemas Hospitals Managing Director Dr. Lakith Peiris. With over 2.5 million state sector employees and their family members currently being registered under the programme, the NITF represents one of the single largest groups of health insurance beneficiaries in Sri Lanka.   

Commenting on the significance of the partnership for the group, Dr. Lakith Peiris said: “We are greatly encouraged by our continuing relationship with the National Insurance Trust Fund since 2015. With the new best ever benefit package offered to government servants Hemas Hospitals has been able to support the NITF in its mission to uplift the living standards of the state sector employees and their families through the provision of access to international standard superior healthcare facilities and services and we will continue to strengthen our partnership moving forward.”  

According to data from the Department of Census and Statistics, 1.1 million of the country’s workforce are government employees who contribute to the executive role of implementing a range of essential services in healthcare, education, security, economic, transport, shipping, and air.

Hemas Hospitals is one of Sri Lanka’s leading internationally accredited, multi-specialty chain of hospitals managing state-of-the-art healthcare facilities situated in Wattala and Thalawathugoda along with a chain of diagnostic laboratories island wide – accredited by the ACHSI and ISO 15189:2012. Hemas Hospitals is a subsidiary of the Hemas Group – one of Sri Lanka’s most prestigious conglomerates operating across multiple sectors of the Sri Lankan economy including FMCGs, Healthcare, Transportation and Leisure. 

‘Piyawara’, launched in partnership with the Children’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, is the Hemas group’s flagship CSR initiative where over 53 preschools were constructed to house over 140 teachers and 3,200 children at an investment of over Rs. 400 million. This is in addition to ‘Ayati’, where the Hemas group tied hands with the University of Kelaniya, MAS Holdings and the Sri Lankan army to construct a state-of-the-art national rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities in Ragama – a project valued at Rs. 650 million.

The National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) is a statutory body established in 2006 with the goal of providing Agrahara Insurance for public sector including comprehensive general insurance coverage and a growing medical insurance scheme and is currently the only company engaged in the reinsurance business in Sri Lanka.