Dr Samuel Annor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with the National Medical care insurance Authority (NHIA), has expressed concern about the dire financial state of Ghana’s National Health care insurance Scheme (NHIS).
He said the Scheme which provided equitable access and financial coverage for basic heath care treatment services on the Ghanaian population ought to be supported and sustained.
Dr Annor told Journalists in Wa, top of the West regional capital, on Tuesday that in view of the reeling state of the Scheme, the Authority was on nationwide tour go over with stakeholders regarding how to sustain the scheme.
“What brought us to the region is the fact, we found our National Medical health insurance Scheme is set in trouble,” he stated: “and we took your energy to move round the country to interact with patients, members, our Staff, organised labour go over of what we know to become the way forward.”
Public Sector Workers Union, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Civil and native Government Staff Association of Ghana and Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) using one of others taken part in the discussion.
The CEO said the Authority had release models for implementation for the scheme’s sustainability that are priced between financing to firming its foundation.
“At when, we have now put in the health basket 2.5 percent VAT and a pair of.5 % SSNIT contribution to take care of our sick people, but that quantity of capital is barely adequate to about 30 dollars for example person annually,” he explained, but added that your amount should increase as much as $ 100.
“Now that we are being relayed through Nana Akuffo-Addo -led government that the health is imperative, we will not permit this opportunity overlook,” he added.
“Let us place laws and rules that can take politics out from the NHIS because sickness hasn’t gotten any political colour.”
He requested a national action including; the media and labour unions to support find lasting ways of countless problems challenging the NHIS.
The Trades Union Congress Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Joshua Ansah, urged labour unionists to contribute to the sustainability within the scheme.
Ghanaians should aspire and share the minds of men to help sustain the scheme either than picking a back seat, he said.
“Once this can be a ailment, we as leaders and unionists, we should all have good intention for that scheme because I believe health is far more important than most of the salaries we have been taking,” Mr Ansah said.