60% of Bono Region NHIA offices exceed revenue target for 2022

 The National Health In­surance Authority (NHIA) in the Bono Region mo­bilised GH¢7,386,686.96 repre­senting 72 per cent of its annual revenue mobilisation target of GH¢10,220,919.70 for 2022, Joseph Mensah, the Regional Director has announced.

Speaking at the Authority’s 2022 end-of-year performance re­view meeting attended by district managers and senior manage­ment staff at the regional Direc­torate on Tuesday in Sunyani, Mr Joseph Mensah, said 60 per cent of NHIA offices in the districts also exceeded their 2022 annual targets.

He announced the region topped the Universal Health Cov­erage league table with 80.8 per cent population coverage within the year under review.

Mr Mensah mentioned other successes by the region includ­ing setting up committees at the regional and district levels to fight co-payment, exceeding indigent enrollment targets and intro­ducing E-renewal, E-claims and ‘‘my NHIS app” in the area of information and communication technology.

He said irrespective of the strides made, the directorate was bedevilled with challenges regarding inadequate logistics and the prevalence of co-payment in some health facilities leading to clients’ loss of interest in the scheme.

Mr Mensah added that the directorate would be making regular stakeholder engagements and reviews of activities at the district offices, sensitising the public on the “my NHIS app” and the activation as monitoring and evaluation supervisors for effective monitoring.

This, he said included fresh registration, renewal, indi­genes, pregnant women, children and prisoners, adding that the deployment of technology helped greatly in achieving the feat chalked.

The Bono Region since 2017 is the only region to have attained the universal coverage of 80 per cent, Mr Mensah noted, add­ing that the Authority entered a sponsorship deal with division one league teams especially Nsoa­treman Football club to register players and their relations on match days culminating for high enrolment.

The Authority also increased the tariffs and medicine in the month of July to meet the market conditions at the time.

The NHIA is considering taking legal action against some service providers who are perpet­uating co-payment against NHIS subscribers.

Some clients of the scheme had been complaining of co-pay­ment by some accredited health facilities in the Bono Region of which their investigations further, proved that some service provid­ers are culpable.

Mr Mensah said the Authority was compelled at some point to withdraw the license of the affected health facilities and subsequently, retrieved money collected to victims of such bad practices.

He appealed for logistical support to enhance their effective operations.


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