The long-term viability of the National Health Insurance project is already in doubt because its pilot project sites appear to have financial problems and have failed to pay the salaries of its medical professionals.

Doctors and pharmacy assistants contracted to assist in the project have seen their debit orders bounce while they wait for salaries from the department of health appointed payroll administrator.

The department appointed the Foundation for Professional Development (FDi) as a service provider to deal with administrative processes including payroll.

The pilot project which started in April 2012 has 326 assistants and 203 general practitioners (Doctors) on the books.

It will end in March, when government is expected to announce when the full NHI system will be launched.

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