HelpAge Ghana has called on government along with other stakeholders to repair the challenges being faced from the National Medical health insurance Scheme (NHIS), specially in the area of finances.
The NHIS mustn’t be allowed to collapse as a consequence of “corrupt practices and mismanagement by a few unpatriotic citizens, together with knee-jerk government policy actions.”
The call is fashioned from a statement signed by Mr Ebenezer Adjetey-Sorsey, Executive Director of HelpAge Ghana and copied towards the Ghana News Agency included in commemorating this year’s World Health Day.
The Day is well known every April 7, to mark the founding around the globe Health Organisation in 1948.
Mr Adjetey-Sorsey said the growing financial challenges faced by way of the scheme included in the operations really are a major worry to any or all well-meaning Ghanaians.
He said a nation with many her citizens experiencing illness stands the larger potential for making poverty a vicious circle for the people.
The Executive Director said the announcement by a few public and private service providers to give only consultation services to card-holders and request the theifs to pick the prescription drugs making use of their own resources is a riskly situation towards poor in the society, including the aged.
“We ought not forget that ill-health is both an underlying cause and response to poverty, along with the deficit of medical care insurance, in most cases, promotes deferment in seeking care, non-compliance using the treatment regime, along with an overall bad health outcome,” Mr Adjetey-Sorsey said.
He said a sound body impacted directly on the kind and sustainability of monetary growth and measures needs to be integrated to boost use of appropriate and adequate healthcare services for a lot of.
“These will help individuals make a profit and fully do political, cultural, family and community life influenced to your large extent by their health status.”
The HelpAge recommended some measures for your long-term answer to improve the means to access appropriate and adequate healthcare services to older individuals.
They wanted the mainstreaming of “Geriatrics” into the syllabi of health training institutions in america and also the exemption age of 70 needs to be reviewed downwards to Sixty years within the minimum premium payment under the NHIS.
The diseases and drug coverage on the scheme must be made more relevant to the healthcare needs of older individuals even though the national health date should be disaggregated by age to provide the 60 years plus.
They also called for the incorporation in the National-Scale-up Thinking about Ageing and Health in Ghana into your National Healthcare Strategic Plan.