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The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has held a stakeholders and Service Providers engagement dialogue on how to address the challenges and irregularities confronting the parties as well as ensure the provision of quality healthcare to patients.
The discussion focused on the NHIS Service Tariffs, Enhancing member experience at the Providers sites and the unauthorized fees charged to patients or card bearers.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, who spoke on behalf of the Board chairman of NHIS called for a united, collaborated and reformed health sector towards a coordinated roadmap for better healthcare system.
He said the goal of the health sector is to achieve the universal health coverage in relation to the NHIS Act, 2012, (Act 852) which mandates both residents and non-residents living in the country to acquire a card.
“It is my hope that, NHIA would continue to innovate and increase its coverage of membership to ensure the provision of access to healthcare,” he stated.
The Deputy Minister said the NHIS has credentials in over 4,300 health facilities that offers quality healthcare services to card bearers of the scheme across the country, which constitute approximately 38 percent of Ghana’s population.
He urged that based on the importance of the scheme, the NHIA together with the service Providers must engage often to deliberate on issues pertaining to its betterment.
“This stakeholder engagement for this year which seeks to have a face to face interaction with the NHIA, Providers and other stakeholders to discuss challenges, observation, opportunities and expectations is very relevant.” he said.
He explained that, the engagement would form a strong collaboration between the parties to enhance the working relationship among all stakeholders within the scheme.
He called on the stakeholders and the Authority to prioritize card bearers and patients’ needs and ensure their comfortability at all times when accessing the health facility.
The Chief Executive of NHIS, Dr. Samuel Yaw Annor, asked stakeholders to often dialogue on issues confronting the industry and resolve them for the benefit of the patients.
“It is the responsibility of all of us to collaborate and make sure what we seek to achieve, works and also ensure the review of the tariffs yearly.” he indicated.
The engagement was attended by heads of the various government institutions, private individuals and CSOs in the health sector across the country.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey