A study Maternal Health insurance and The nation’s Health Insurance (NHIS) in 20 poor districts and 120 communities signifies that the active membership in the Scheme stands at 10,145 representing, 38 per cent of your Ghanaian population.

About 128 communities selected from the Greater Accra and the three Northern Regions show an increase rate of 14. 2 percent?covering the 2012 record, while all 4 targeted regions? reported ?increased membership of between? 13 per-cent and 32 per-cent between 2012 and 2013.

Majority from the membership within the NHIS in 2013 are females representing a lot of 57.8 percent.

Among the 18 districts schemes, which provided data on NHIS coverage, Adenta inside the Greater Accra Region reported the highest coverage of 15 percent of population, even though the Wa Municipality during the Upper West reported the highest coverage of 90 % from the population.

The study reveals the fact that rise in the subscription for the schemes is basically as a result of public education and sensitisation of communities through radio and community durbars via the NHIS’ collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSO), improved support services delivery, decline in registration fees, a few.

With affect on the Free Maternal Care Programme, your research observes that the amount of unapproved charges collected at health facilities, with a flask of mashed kenkey or tea, chamber pots to contain urine and vomit, six old cloths and three strong ones to wrap babies, prevent expectant mothers from enjoying the full advantage of the scheme as prescribed from the policy.

The study also notes the strong collaboration involving the NHIS additionally, the Department of Social welfare (DSW) using some districts from the Northern Region, which ended in the enrolment of LEAP beneficiaries onto the NHIS

The study, initiated by SEND Ghana, on the party’s theme: “Making Safe Motherhood a Reality”, recommends, amongst other things, that to ensure that you enrol a lot of the core poor and vulnerable groups about the NHIS, there’s the have to strengthen institutional collaboration between the NHIS and also the DSW.

Mr John Nkaw and Mr Mukuila Adamu, from the SEND Ghana Programme, inside Northern and Upper West regions, respectfully, who disseminated the report, were within the view that this mere transfer of the mandate of identifying indigenes for registration towards the DSW?wasn’t sufficient to widen the security net for several? the indegent in Ghana.

They noted that a pro-poor programme much like the NHIS should reach not just the non plus ultra poor nonetheless the poor, generally meaning – all persons who fall below the upper poverty of GH


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