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Health providers support NHIS proposals for more funding into the scheme |6/26/2018

The Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Samuel Yaw Annor has proposed for the Government to increase the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) from 2.5% to 3.5% whilst maintaining the VAT at 17.5% to help strengthen the financial muscles of the scheme.

He also suggested additional funding from levies on ‘Sugar Tax’ and called on workers to contribute part of their monthly salaries into the Health Fund and for NHIS members to support the increase of premiums and processing fees among others.
Dr. Annor made these proposals at a Public Forum organized by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the National Health Insurance Authority in Kumasi on Monday.
The NHIA CEO observed that a critical re-think of the financial structure of the scheme, implementation of a fully electronic claims management system and strengthening of the legal framework and internal controls of the Scheme is imminent should the scheme be fit for purpose into the future.
In his over an hour long speech, he called for stakeholders’ support for the proposals to ensure that the full benefit of the scheme are derived by all. He said “The NHIS sustainability is a shared and collective responsibility and we must all work towards achieving it”. He noted that the well-to-do in our society must make it a priority to contribute adequately to enable the scheme to provide access to healthcare for the less privileged and deprived.

SUPPORT    

The Director of Finance at the OKomfo Anokye Hospital, Mr. Elvis Kusi welcomed the NHIA bosses proposals and pledged support from the audience and his own outfit to contribute their quota to ensure the sustainability of the scheme. He noted that to strengthen the health delivery system in Ghana, everyone had a duty and responsibility to ensure the sustenance of the NHIS which should be the interest for all.
In his contribution, Mr. Bernard Badu Bediako, GHS District Director, Amansie West and GHS Regional Coordinator for NHIS expressed their pleasure with the current rate of NHIS Claims payments but encouraged NHIS management to do even better. He also affirmed his support for the proposals as outlined by the NHIA boss and pleaded for general support as a means to make the scheme perform better into the future.
Dr. Annor as part of his tour of the Ashanti Region also visited some District Offices and interacted with staff about their challenges. He took the opportunity to address the waiting NHIS members of his commitment to resolve all the challenges facing the scheme.     



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