Non payment of NHIS Claims collapsing Agyakwa Hospital

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…Management selling 12 Room story building to sustain the running of the facility

…Hospital on Life Support

The popular Agyakwa Hospital at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region is at the verge of collapse due to the inability of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to pay its claims amounting to about Ghc900,000. To this effect, management has decided to sell one of it’s luxury houses so as to save the hospital from collapsing.

This was revealed to ghananewsonline.com.gh by the Founder and Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Joseph Agyakwa.

“We are in financial prison my brother, we have no money to run the hospital due to the delay in releasing our claims by the National Health Insurance Authority. Currently the NHIS is to pay us about GHC 900,000.00 for our nine months services to the scheme’s card bearers but till today we have not received it,” lamented Dr. Agyakwa.

“That is why I have decided to sell one of my Houses in Nkawkaw to support the Hospital before it collapses,” he added.

According to the Medical Director the amount raised from selling the house located within the environments of the hospital -a 2 story building of 12 self contained apartments will be used to settle service providers of the hospital since they have refused to continue supplying the hospital with the requisite drugs and equipment necessary to work with because of their piled up debts.

The hospital which was honored as the best private hospital in the Eastern Region in the year 2013 now prescribes medicines for patients to go and buy outside the hospital.

Dr. Joseph Agyakwa wondered how the scheme can continue if all hospitals are allowed to collapse

“I understand this policy was introduced to help Ghanaians to have access to free and quality health care delivery and how can these be possible if the health facilities are struggling to survive, there is no medicines, no bed for patients to lay their head, no money to pay staff salaries, no stand by vehicle for emergencies, as a private hospital you have a corporate social responsibility to meet among others, how can this policy fulfill its purposes and how do the hospital address all those responsibilities,” Dr. Agyakwa asked rhetorically.

He has therefore appealed to the government through the Authority to quickly release claims as and when they are presented as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed by the service providers and the government.

Source: William Dei-Gyau || ghananewsonline.com.gh

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