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NHIA Chief Executive commends credentialed healthcare providers |9/10/2021

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Chief Executive, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby has commended credentialed service providers for taken part in the first batch of series of webinar training on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Benefit Package.


She encouraged all healthcare providers working with the NHIS to join one of the sessions slated for one month, which commenced on September 7, 2021. 


This, she said will go a long way to improve the NHIA’s communication with healthcare providers to achieve a common goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.


In a bid to ensure that provision of expected basic quality health services is available to all NHIS members, the NHIA launched the month-long campaign, open to all credentialed healthcare providers and other key stakeholders in batches.


A Deputy Director of Provider Payments Directorate, Mrs. Ruby Aileen Mensah-Annan gave a general presentation on the NHIS benefit package.  The Director in charge of Provider Payments Directorate, Dr. Francis Asenso-Boadi, convened the first session which lasted for three-hours. 


He said the meeting was to engage the active stakeholders to meet the healthcare needs of all NHIS members without taking any illegal payments from the members at the point of service use.


He implored the participants to clearly state their views and opinions to enable the NHIA’s Executive Management, address any issues that they have concerning the NHIS Benefit Package.


He expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that some service providers demand for out-of-pocket payments (unauthorized fees) at the point of healthcare delivery, saying “Stop sabotaging the NHIS.” 


The NHIA would undertake similar engagements to avert the return of Cash and Carry in health care delivery, as Ghana is poised to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.   The NHIS was set up to provide financial risk protection against the cost of basic health care for all residents in Ghana in 2003 with ACT 650 that got revised in 2012 to ACT 852.


Since its inception, the NHIS has over the years grown to become a major player for financing health care delivery in Ghana and in fact is the financial mainstay of over 4,600 credentialed healthcare service providers in the country and accounting for more than 85% of the funds that flow into healthcare facilities to treat NHIS members. 


Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah  

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