*MAXIMUM PERIOD FOR EMPLOYERS TO PAY HOSPITAL BILLS OF WORKERS IN ABUJA.* Daily Law Tips (Tip 601) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

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The National Assembly makes laws for the Federal Capital Territory. Among the laws operational in Abuja is the Hospital Fees Act. The Act has been in existence since 30th August 1917 and has not been repealed.

By the said law, an employer is liable to pay all monies charged for treatment of his servant in government hospitals, in line with any scale of fees and Regulations made by Minister for health. However, an employer can not be held liable to pay for attendance on or treatment of his servant for more than three (3) months. Workers here means servants and servants in the Hospital Fees Act, include artificers, messages, carriers, hammockman, laborers, domestic servants and apprentices.

A careful study of the National Health Act 2014, the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 1999 and the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund Act 1992, shows that they did not repeal or amend the Hospital Fees Act.

My authorities are:

1. Sections 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the Hospital Fees Act 1917, (Chapter 512) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990 and similar laws operational in states across Nigeria.

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