PAY NHIS ARREARS FOR GOOD HEALTHCARE

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Ghana has been a novelty when it was introduced in the sub region and was masterminded by former President, John Agyekum Kufour.

It was a campaign promise by the then candidate Kufour as an alternative to the hydra headed ‘cash and carry’ system in our health care.

True to his promise, the cash and carry system was abolished and then came the NHIS.

This novelty scheme was lauded world over with several African countries coming to our country to study and implement similar schemes.

Ghana’s NHIS has not only been praised but also infused into other health care insurance schemes because of its specific and unique nature.

It has provided equitable access and financial leverage to the grass roots over the country, unfortunately the authority, like many other public institution, has been bedeviled with its challenges.

One of these has been the continual accrued debts to health insurance providers.

Recently, the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) have called on National Health Insurance Authority to settle arrears owed them.

Media reports purported that the authority owes them more than GH¢200million and a communiqué from these two bodies has confirmed so.

There is no gainsaying the fact that the CHAG plays a primary role in promoting and sustaining health care in the country.

It has over hundred hospitals dotted over the country and cannot be marginalised as far as health delivery to the people is concerned.

We are as worried as the members of CHAG that payments for their services are always in arrears.

Therefore, we call on government that in spite of the heavy pressure on the public purse, health delivery services should be prioritised and paid for promptly.

We urged the Ministry of Health and all relevant agencies to spearhead the efforts to settle this indebtedness to avoid another industrial action.

It is the wish of The Times that all stakeholders will corporate and heed to our appeal for funds to be released promptly to CHAG in order to provide better health delivery for the citizenry.

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