The National Medical care insurance Authority (NHIA) made an offer to government to levy tobacco and alcohol to fund the nation’s Medical insurance Scheme (NHIS).

According on the Authority, the proposal has become the options of finding additional types of funding to sustain the NHIS policy, because the 2.5 percent NHIS levy collected in the Value Added Tax (VAT) and also the 2.5 percentage Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions definitely seems to be adequate.

Dr Samuel Annor, Chief Executive Officer from the NHIA chose to make this known while he appeared before Public Account Committee (PAC) to reply to some violations involved in the 2015 Auditor General’s Report in terms of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The PAC is now holding public sittings to the Report of the Auditor General with the Public Accounts of Ghana for your year ended 31st December, 2015.

Dr Annor also explained that the grounds for the suggestion to tax alcohol and tobacco is borne from the proven fact that the media is probably going to save money for people with alcohol and tobacco related illness thus affecting the programme.

He said providing additional origin of funding to sustain the programme would enable you to stop the cycle of indebtedness with the NHIS for your repair shops.

Dr Annor also acknowledged that confidence during the NHIS was waning due to gradual decline within the renewal on the cards during eighteen months, on the grounds that, it’s a great method to obtain concern.

He explained the fact that quantity of subscribers on the scheme reduced from 11.3million in 2015 to 11 million in 2016.

He said the refusal by repair shops to supply quality need to clients because of high stages of indebtedness shall be blamed with the decline.

Dr Annor however noted that, throughout the last 3 months, there was some improvement inside the amount of subscribers towards scheme and expressed desperation that the increase would continue efforts and come.


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