The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) as a model of social health insurance that all Health Insurance Schemes in Africa must look up to.

Dr. Frank Lule, a representative from WHO re-echoed the valuable lessons learned from the recent WHO-NHIA joint Regional Conference held in Accra and how Ghana could help to build the capacity in health financing of peers in the Sub Region.

With attributes such as having a unique health financing structure, and continuous expansion of the Scheme to ensure quality, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare, Ghana’s NHIS stands tall among its peers.

Discussions centered on how the WHO could support the vision of the new CEO in transforming lives and saving cost through the adoption of promotive and preventive mechanisms in the NHIS Benefit Package.

Top on the priority list of the Chief Executive is to stop the illegal charges demanded of NHIS members at healthcare facilities.

A practice that diminishes patronage and confidence in the Scheme. He posited that his focus will be to make the Scheme more attractive through the provision of some incentives that will ramp up membership and keep health facilities liquid enough to provide quality healthcare at no extra cost to insured members.  

New NHIA Chief Executive Dr. Dacosta Aboagye thanked the visiting team and promised to deepen the existing relationship, explore other areas for further collaboration, and formalize the integration of NHIS membership with Ghana Card and the Ghana National Household Registry to address equity.

Present at the meeting were other officials from WHO, the NHIA Dep. CEO Admin/HR, Dr. Mrs. Yaa Pokuaa Baiden, and some Directors at the NHIA.