The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in the Asutifi District has exceeded its membership registration target by 10,569 in the third quarter of this year.
Mr Joseph Sarkodie, the District Manager of NHIA said the district’s target for July to September 2022 was 99,452 members but was able to enroll 110,021 unto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He disclosed this last Thursday at the third quarter stakeholders Performance Review Meeting (PRM), at Hwediem in the Ahafo Region.
The district manager noted that the aim of the meeting was to take stock of the activities of the Authority during the period under review, take meaningful decision and to plan ahead.
Mr Sarkodie announced that all service providers in the area had their claims paid up to December last year, adding that the Executive Management of the NHIA would soon pay claims on monthly basis.
He indicated poor network reception for office and mobile registration, inadequate accredited pharmacy shops and extortion at some health facilities, were among the challenges affecting the performance of the scheme.
The district manager stated that NHIA would intensify community education and registration of mobile renewals, collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to enroll the vulnerable groups, and deal with extortion and co-payments.
Mr Sarkodie said it was the mission of the NHIA to provide quality basic health for all residents in the country, and to delight their subscribers and partners with motivated staff, through honesty and accountability.
He rallied the residents of Ahafo Region to contribute their quota to the sustainability of the scheme, which has benefitted many persons with low income especially the most vulnerable in society.
The District Manager thanked the Asutifi North and South District Assemblies, regional and district officers of the NHIA, the Information Service Department (ISD) among others for their support.
Mr Kwadwo Armah, the Asutifi South District Co-ordinating Director (DCD), who chaired the meeting commended the NHIA and the various service providers for promoting quality health care accessibility in the area.
The DCD urged stakeholders in the Asutifi enclave to join hands to eliminate co- payment and extortion from the scheme in order to ensure value for money, saying that checks and balances were key to the progress of the scheme.
FROM EMMANUEL ADU GYAMFI, HWEDIEM