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Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Fires Distress Call to NHIA

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The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) has served an urgent request on the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to pay over ghc6.1million that the Authority owes the facility.

A fast retirement of the debt is needed by the CCTH to enable it unburden itself of debt that is threatening to grind its operations to a halt.

In a distress call, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Dr. Eric Kofi Ngyedu, warned that suppliers of essential medicines and other non medical consumables have stopped supplies because of the Hospital’s long term indebtedness to them.

As at the close of the year, our indebtedness for supplies amounted to ghc5, 850,000. Our inability to secure the needed supplies, you will agree with me, will ultimately affect the delivery of quality Health Service, a goal we are all aiming to achieve, the letter warned.

Dated the 11th March, 2018, the distress letter makes it clear that the CCTHs precarious state is the cause of the NHIA, which owes it over ghc6.1million. Our records indicate that the scheme owes the facility to the tune of ghc6.174,786.48, the distress letter said, stressing that it needs the money paid to it so it can retire its debts to suppliers.

The development belies claims that the government has been making since May, last year, to the effect that all of the NHIAs debt has been cleared. According to President Akufo-Addo himself, a ghc1.2billion legacy debt owed to suppliers and service provider by the NHIA had been cleared by early April, last year.

A copy of the CCTHs distress call intercepted by WhatsUp News, which interestingly shows that it was officially received by the NHIA on the 22nd of March 2019, blames the Hospitals indebtedness to its suppliers, on the NHIAs refusal or inability to retire the over ghc1.6million owed the Hospital.

The amount, it said, represents eight (8) months of claims submitted to the Scheme. The long delay in the repayment of the claims, seriously affects cash flow and operations of the Hospital.

Added to this, it said the NHIA policy of 10% retention of claims submitted, during payments has ensured that the Hospital has never been able to fully meet payment obligations to its suppliers.

As at close of the year, 2018, a total amount of Ghc3,189,400.40 has accumulated by way of 10% retention since October, 2014, the distress call pointed out.

It asked that the accrual from the retentions be also paid back to the Hospital to enable it meet its obligations to suppli

Source: Whatsupnews Ghana

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