Arguably, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the most audacious, yet most threatened of the various social interventions introduced by the erstwhile Kufuor administration.

It made a fantastic debut, patronized by millions of Ghanaians who would have otherwise been unable to get medical attention from public health facilities across the country.

It is showing signs of being sabotaged by the NDC to give it a bad name and hang it. From the time it was announced in the NPP manifesto, it has trudged through an arduous journey, incessantly ridiculed by the NDC as unfeasible and populist as it is being done to the Nana Akufo-Addo gratis SHS policy signature.

In spite of the cacophonous noise the NDC made about moving it beyond its original form, especially the propaganda-propelled one-time premium, the scheme is anything but healthy, remaining a shadow of what it used to be in the Kufuor days.

Without a mention in the ?evil old dwarfs? manifesto launch in Ho, many have wondered whether the one-time premium the NDC dangled before Ghanaians was a mere campaign stunt. Maybe an omission we hope.

For now, it is only surviving on the wings of propaganda, which will be reduced to listlessness sooner than later?a stark reality.

The so-called increase in the scheme?s card bearers does not chime with access to medical care, as many hospitals turn away NHIS registered patients. There is also a worrying inundation of the healthcare delivery system with fake drugs, from antibiotics to analgesics and high blood management medications among others.

The mostly ballooned claims being presented by medical facilities around the country for payment, with the connivance of insiders, is a painful hemorrhage for the country.

With defaulters mostly let off the hook in a corruption-ridden system, no deterrent exists to make the ballooning of claims less attractive. It will therefore remain an important means of swindling the state, a continuing impetus for public sector graft.

We are aware that the scheme is heavily indebted to various financial institutions?a situation which might demand the increase of existing taxes to delay the imminent collapse of the scheme. Whether this would make sense in the face of the absence of efficient mechanisms of plugging the corruption loopholes, is a question that should attract the attention of all Ghanaians.

Healthcare delivery is beyond partisan politics, and so, demands sincerity on the part of its policy managers. It is about life and death. Need we fold our arms and turn our countenance to the opposite direction as fake drugs pour into the country and as the NHIS, a life-saving intervention, suffers from blood-sucking vampires?


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