GHANA Medical Association (GMA) has stressed the need for the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pursue bold and strong policies to ensure immediate direct transfers of the National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) to the NHIL account at Bank of Ghana (BoG).
This, according to GMA, will help improve the financial status of the National Insurance Authority (NHIA).
The GMA had raised a red flag over the current practice of the government of paying the NHIL into the consolidated account before subsequently transferring it into the NHIL account at the central bank.
According to the association, the collapse of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the biggest affordable health social intervention programme, was not an option for Ghanaians hence the need for government to explore additional funding mechanisms to sustain the scheme.
Addressing the media in Koforidua, Eastern Region, at the 8th Public Lecture on Health Care Financing for the GMA 60th Anniversary celebration, the President of the Association, Dr Frank Ankobea, stated that the Association was mindful of the various challenges facing healthcare financing in Ghana and its impact on health service delivery.
He indicated that a policy document has been authored by the association on how to address some of the challenges facing the health sector with regard to its financing.
Dr.Ankobea reiterated the need to give utmost support to the four pillars echoed by management of the NHIA, namely establish a sustainable funding model, adopt electronic submission and processing of claims, strengthen the internal audit system and also to advocate for a stiffer punishment for those who defraud the scheme.
This, he opined, will also improve operations of the NHIS and move it towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.
The GMA president challenged the CEO and management of the Authority to ensure the enrollment of Ghanaians onto the scheme through a digital online platform to lessen the burden and stress people go through before getting access to their cards.
Meanwhile, the National Health Insurance Authority has assured that it was ready to roll out a nationwide mobile membership renewal service for all its members.
When it becomes operational in December, all the over 11 million registered members can use the service to check the status of their NHIS membership eligibility, the NHIS benefit package and the NHIS medicines list.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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