- Plans have been outlined to settle all NHIS debts by the year 2019
- This is to pay way for service providers to attend to NHIS card holders
- The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo identified mismanagement and indebtedness as the two main challenges of the Scheme
The government has indicated that it has outlined plans to totally settle the debts of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), latest by 2019. This, according to the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo, has been necessitated by the urgent need to save the Scheme and prevent its collapse.
He indicated that two main challenges – mismanagement and indebtedness are chief reasons it is in the present state. When dealt with, card holders would then be in the position to comfortably access services from providers.
President Akufo-Addo was addressing the Ghanaian community in Belgium, when he paid to the country to participate in the conduct of the meetings of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities.
He touched on the vision of the current government for education, and the likely benefits of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, which is scheduled to start in September 2017.
He stated that anyone who gains admission to the public SHSs would be freely educated, because the State has readied itself to take on the responsibility of funding the programme. This stems from the belief that “…having access to education, empowering our human capital, is our biggest challenge,” he said.
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The president went on to say that Ghana’s ability to do that within the shortest possible time, coupled with the exposure of the youth to education, in this time of a new digital age, is surely the fastest way to close the illiteracy gap and disentangle the country from a state of penury.
President Akufo Addo went on to say that education and skills training are of immense significance to the empowerment and the provision of opportunities to the young people, since they would ultimately lead to an upsurge in the country’s developmental agenda.
In May 2017, Dr. Samuel Annor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), disclosed that the Scheme had run out of funds and as such was unable to pay the service providers.
The Scheme’s debt to service providers is estimated to be in the region of GHc1.2 billion, and as such, both the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana (CPG) and the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), had threatened to boycott services to the scheme over the debt.
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