Govt pays off NHIS debt

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said the GHc1.2 billion debt the Akufo-Addo administration met at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has finally been cleared.

Speaking at the 60th Annual General Conference of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Bawumia said Ghanaians would now start seeing improvement in the Scheme.

The NHIA has long held that the Scheme had run out of funds   to operate.

Between 2009 and now, we have just been piling debts,” the NHIS CEO, Dr. Samuel Annor told journalists earlier.

According to the Vice President, the Scheme “has suffered great neglect and blatant mismanagement.”

“Our government inherited a suffocating debt of GHc1.2 billion with service providers threatening to revert to the dreaded cash and carry policy.”

“Since we have been in office, this GHc1.2 billion debt that we inherited, which covered from 2014, 2015 and 2016, has now been fully paid off,” the Vice President added.

The vice president then challenged the CEO and the authorities at the NHIS 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.

Dr Bawumia also indicated that procurement processes had begun for the acquisition of ambulances for every constituency in the country.

He described the ambulance service in its current state as “basically comatose.”

“…So the procurement has began, and definitely in 2019, you will have every constituency; at least 275 ambulances; they are coming, and I think it will be very helpful for us,” he assured.

 

Story: News DESK

 

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