The Kpando Municipal National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has held a durbar for residents of the Kpando municipality and surrounding areas as part of efforts to sensitise them to the capitation programme under the scheme.
The capitation programme, according to the organisers of the event, would soon be introduced in the Volta Region by the middle of the year.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Lawrence Sakada, Kpando Municipal Manager of NHIS, explained that capitation was a payment mechanism that would complement existing ones.
He said under capitation, payments were effected to the service providers before clients sought medical care.
He explained further that under capitation, clients were requested to select their own clinics or hospitals near their communities where health providers could take very good care of them.
Mr. Sakada advised the people to do away with the perception that capitation was evil and rather give their maximum support for the programme to be sustained.
He said the government was doing everything possible to streamline the operations of NHIS to help provide quality health care to all.
Mr. Elliot Akototse, Volta Regional Director of NHIS, said currently, the scheme was in five months arrears to service providers in the region.
He expressed worry that the high prices of drugs were affecting the NHIS and most people, especially, the poor could not access essential medicines.
He therefore urged stakeholders to collaborate and devise effective strategies to reduce the high prices of medicines to sustain the scheme.
Togbe Dagadu VIII, Paramount Chief of Kpando traditional area, who chaired the function, called for transparency and accountability in medicine prices and effective sensitisation on capitation as a tool to help eliminate corruption when it finally starts in the region.
From Kafui Gati, Kpando