Former NHIA Boss, Et Al In BNI Custody For Fraud

Former NHIA Boss, Et Al In BNI Custody For Fraud

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is conducting investigations into alleged fraudulent activities going on at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

The investigations has seen former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Sylvester Mensah turn himself in to the police Friday morning after BNI officials stormed his residence Thursday night to arrest him but he was not present.

Also the BNI has arrested some five senior officials of the NHIA for interrogation. The on-going investigations come on the back of false claims by some medical facilities.

The BNI is said to be interrogating the owners and medical directors of more than 10 suspected medical facilities next week.

The investigations began six months ago at the instance of the President John Mahama and according to the BNI, many of the medical facilities have been falsifying documents and submitting bloated claims to the NHIA, and in some cases colluded with officials of the NHIA to defraud the Authority.

he National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) was established under the National Health Insurance Act 2003, Act 650, as a body corporate, with perpetual succession, an Official Seal, that may sue and be sued in its own name. As a body corporate, the Authority in the performance of its functions may acquire and hold movable and immovable property and may enter into a contract or any other transaction.

A new law, Act 852 has replaced ACT 650 in october 2012 to consolidate the NHIS, remove administrative bottlenecks,introduce transparency, reduce opportunites for corruption and gaming of the system, and make for more effective governance of the schemes.

The object of the Authority is to attain universal health insurance coverage.

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