Senegalese team studies Ghana’s NHIS

Mr. Nathaniel Otoo.An eight-member delegation from Senegal is in Ghana to understudy the country’s   management of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The delegation is being taken through biometric registration, monitoring and evaluation, management information systems, clinical audit, claims and quality assurance credentialling.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, on Monday, the Acting Chief Executive of the NHIS, Mr. Nathaniel Otoo, said management of the NHIS was premised on health financing, sustainability and quality health delivery.

He said although the scheme was envisaged to have challenges five years after its inception in 2003, it has been sustained for 13 years, adding that the challenges were addressed with home-grown solutions.

Mr. Otoo said the NHIS provided between 80 and 90 per cent of incomes of public health facilities, and the scheme wanted to increase re-enrolment from 75 to 80 per cent.

He said currently, about 4,500 service providers handled the schemes’ more than 11 million subscribers nationwide.

The NHIS boss said about 75 per cent of its subscribers re-enrolled onto the scheme every year and hoped more subscribers would enrol with the introduction of multiple membership renewal.

To make the scheme accountable, transparent and efficient, Mr. Otoo said Ghana’s President John Mahama had promised to invest part of the resources accrued from the oil proceeds into the scheme, following the advice of the advisory committee he formed to offer suggestions as to the review of the scheme.

Mr. Mamoudo Senghor, leader of the delegation, hailed Ghana’s management of the scheme, adding that although other African countries operated similar schemes, Ghana’s was an epitome of a well managed scheme.

He said Senegal drew important lessons from Ghana’s management of the scheme following fruitful visits and interactions with their Ghanaian counterpart between 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Senghor specifically mentioned biometric registration, monitoring and evaluation as an innovation that he would replicate to ensure the growth of Senegal’s health insurance which started barely two years ago.

He said the Senegal scheme also aimed at providing quality health care for the people, adding that the scheme had rolled out a strategy to increase its enrolment to 75 per cent by 2017.

Mr. Senghor expressed satisfaction at the stewardship of Mr. Otoo towards ensuring a well managed scheme, assuring that the delegation would put into use experiences acquired to grow Senegal’s health insurance.


By Malik Sullemana  



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