The Christian Council of Ghana and the Catholic Bishops Conference are calling on government to immediately inform Ghanaians about the sustainability and the true state of the National Health Insurance Scheme. A statement issued at the annual joint meeting Thursday stated that several health facilities are collapsing under the scheme which is a worry to most Ghanaians.
“We have followed with worry and anxiety all the happenings about the National Health Insurance Scheme and wish to state that we are very concerned about the sustainability of the Scheme if the current difficulties with it are not resolved expeditiously”.
The statement signed by Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Rt. Rev. Professor Emmanuel Martey of the Christian Council added that “the continuous and repeated failure to reimburse facilities on time, the incessant threats of service withdrawal by service providers, among others, continue to plague the Scheme. Our health facilities are collapsing under the Scheme and the frustration of both staff and patients is unbearable.
“In the present circumstances, therefore, we invite Government as a matter of urgency to come out to inform the citizenry about the true state of the Scheme and give us a clear roadmap for its sustainability or otherwise. “We will equally appreciate a broad stakeholder consultation on the issue and we are ready to lead the process.
“Our institutions pioneered health insurance schemes in the country before it was adopted as a national policy”. Government on Wednesday released over GHC261 million to the National Health Insurance Authority toward paying arrears owed service providers.
According to deputy health minister, Dr. Victor Bampoe, the amount will help to “significantly” clear part of the GHC600 million arrears owed service providers. The directive came after private health service providers and hospitals resolved to stop service health insurances card holders until the arrears were cleared.
Published: May 08, 2015. By Starr Fm Online
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