Private Health Facilities Association Pledge To Support New NHIA CEO’s Vision | 3/27/2024

As part of ongoing stakeholder engagements, Dr. Da-costa Aboagye, the NHIA CEO, and his Executive Management team met with representatives of the Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana (PHFAoG) to take stock of the progress achieved over the years.

Speaking on behalf of the association, Dr. Kwame Buaben Frimpong (President) praised previous management teams for the great collaborative milestones chalked together and hoped for more under the leadership of the new Chief Executive.

The association prides itself as the largest healthcare fraternity in the private sector in Ghana with over six hundred (600) private health facilities and growing.

They took advantage of the meeting to apprise the NHIA team of some challenges that needed to be addressed in the areas of reimbursement and the NHIA Service tariff levels among others.

Dr. Aboagye reassured the association of his commitment to further enhance the already existing cordial relationship and to address all concerns as expressed.

He reiterated the NHIA’s responsiveness to some of the issues and informed the gathering of the current review of the Tariff that is ongoing and would likely result in more realistic prices to improve the operations and financial status of all health facilities in Ghana.

He further shared his vision to address the key challenges affecting the Scheme. His overall objective is to eliminate illegal charges and make the Scheme more attractive by offering some preventive and promotive packages in the benefit package that may help identify disease conditions at an early stage.

Dr. Dacosta also hinted at his plans to develop an automatic price adjustment mechanism that will address the issues of inflation of essential drugs and services.

This was embraced by the association and anticipated that as a game changer that would positively inure to their benefit and will be a basis to eliminate illegal charges, a practice that is genuinely frowned upon by all industry players he’s met with so far.

In a related development, the Chief Executive met with the Private Health Insurers Association of Ghana where he noted their concerns as an industry that is regulated by the NHIA.

He promised to undertake regular stakeholder engagement with industry players to urgently address their issues.

Dr. Dacosta also encouraged the Private Health Insurance Association to enhance their payment regime to healthcare facilities to strengthen the entire healthcare system.

Also in attendance were the Deputy Chief Executive for Finance & Investment, Mr. Francis Owusu, Mr. Ismail Osei, Director Quality Assurance, Mr. Hudu Issah, Director PHIS, Mr. Oswald Essuah-Mensah, Ag. Director, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Ruby Mensah Annan, Ag. Director, SHPD, Mr. Magnus Owusu Agyemang, Ag. Director, Acturial, Mrs. Eva Okai, Dep. Director, Investment, and Dr. Yaw Opoku Boateng, Dep. Director, Data Analytics, among others.

Source: Corporate Affairs Directorate, NHIA