The National Health insurance coverage Authority (NHIA) is always to embark on electronic receipting and on-site banking system to inject sanity and transparency into its financial operations.
The project would soon commence this on pilot basis in certain selected districts nationwide, and that is envisaged to avoid wasting the Authority GH3 million annually when fully operational.
It would also have in addition have the procurement expense of general counterfoil receipts (GCRs) offered by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
Mr Alex Odoi Nartey, Deputy Us president (Finance and Investment) in the Authority, said this with the opening of the one-day sensitisation workshop organised for 91 participants who represented the northern sector- Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West?Regions pilot Districts on in Sunyani.
The participants contained Regional Directors, District Managers, Accountants, Managers of Management Computer (MISs) and Page rank Officers (PROs).
Mr Nartey said challenges on the Authority’s current system for cash collection included spending before banking, shortage/unaccounted funds, misappropriation of funds and decrease of cash through theft/ burglary in some District offices.
Another major challenge, he said was “delays in banking which can be in contravention in the stipulated 1 day banking prescribed by the Financial Administration Regulation (FAR) Legislative Instrument (LI) 2004”.
Mr Nartey said other challenges with the system involving the GCR management comprised cost and probability of transporting GCRs, laborious task of casting GCRs for audit assignments, missing/unaccounted GCRs, failures of GCR storage and retrieval and printing defects of GCRs.
He said flaws in preloading GCRs triggering invalid receipts during registration, easy predictions of GCR numbers and loss of control between accounts office and MIS offices for money received were also other causes against the GCR management.
Mr Nartey said the objectives of your E-receipting and on-site banking would be efficiency gains to guarantee excretion of price of banking and delay deposit from the district offices, ensuring proper accountability of funds and strict compliance together with the FAR, LI 2004.