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NHIS is now sustainable Vice President, Bawumia |2/12/2020

Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is sustainable in recent times. Cataloguing government's achievements at a Town Hall and Results Fair in Kumasi, the Vice President reiterated the NPP government's vision to transform the NHIS to providing affordable and sustainable access to health to all Ghanaians. According to him, government will do all within its power to ensure that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) succeeds. 

 

"We have transformed the NHIA, made it more sustainable, From Cash and Carry System to a more sustainable system." "We have paid arrears accrued by the previous government and introduced mobile renewal which has come to reduce the backlog at the district offices and made renewal of the card easier." NHIS active membership rises Currently, the NHIS active membership has risen from 10.8 million in 2018 to over 12 million in 2019 with Ashanti Region recording the highest active membership of 2.2 million followed by the Greater Accra region with 1.7 million.

 

The Brong Ahafo region scored third with active membership of 1.5 million and the Eastern was placed fourth with 1.3 million respectively. The Upper West region had the lowest active membership of 0.47 million. In view of the current standings, 79.3% constituted members who had renewed their membership within the last year with the Ashanti region recording the highest number of renewals followed by the Greater Accra and Brong Ahafo regions.  Ending 2019, the Informal sector which constitutes the only fee paying NHIS membership category represented 34.1% of the active members, an increase from 31.5% in the previous year. NHIS members who are considered as the extremely poor (Indigents), classified by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection represented 5.6%, an increase from 3.7% in the previous year. 

 

New members constituted 20.7% of the active membership with the Greater Accra region recording the highest number followed by the Ashanti and Northern regions. Remarkably, female members continue to dominate the active membership bracket with a national outlook of 58.6% against 41.4% males. The Central Region topped the list of female members representing 59.8% followed by the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions with a tie of 59.1%. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) remains the lead vehicle to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Ghana. 

 

This latest development reinforces the NHIA Chief Executive Officer, (CEO), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby's account that the Authority's major concern is to increase its membership to reposition Ghana in line with the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).   


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