Nana Addo lied to us about paying NHIS debt?

Nana Addo lied to us about paying NHIS debt?

- Health officials from government hospitals say the NHIS debt has not been paid

- They say claims by Nana Addo over this issue is very hard to believe

- The NHIS remains the only free health delivery provider by government

Various leaders across all government hospitals say Nana Addo's statement of clearing all debts under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is entirely untrue.

According to the leadership of government hospitals, the comments by the president is incomprehensible. They want the money Nana Addo is talking about to be reflected in their accounts.

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“The government said they have released X amount of money, we expect that, that amount should also hit our account but as we speak that’s not the case,” said the President of the medical superintendent group, Dr. Joseph Tambil.

It all started when president Akufo-Addo in a keynote address at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, stated that out of the GH¢1.2billion debt crippling the health insurance scheme GH¢1billion was paid in the last 15 months.

Meanwhile, the minister for health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu is warning that the NHIS will soon collapse unless the government comes up with other innovative ways to fund the programme.

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“We want free healthcare for all… [but] clearly, the health insurance is not sustainable now. You can all see it. The previous regime left a massive debt overhang. Now, we have managed to pay [and] we also accumulating,” he stated.

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Nii Ayi Ayitey Nii Ayi Ayitey, aka Charles Ayitey, is an experienced journalist who covered Current Affairs news for from 2015-2021. He also worked for such companies as Multimedia Group Limited, Scooper, and Face2Face Africa. Nii Ayi Ayitey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (2015). Currently, he's studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.