Local media reports indicate that the GMA expressed their concern about the near collapse of the scheme at its meeting held in Bolgatanga, Upper East regional capital, more than 800 km northeast of the capital.

The president of the association, Dr Ebenezer Ewusi-Emmim, who was addressing a news conference after the third NEC meeting for the year 2016, averred that many health facilities were resorting to cash and carry because of the prolonged indebtedness of the NHIS to them.

“Indeed, some facilities have not been paid their claims in the last quarter of 2015,” the GMA president stressed.

He, therefore, called on the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to take bold steps to save the health system.

The Chairman of the Upper East Chapter of the Association, Dr Thomas Mensah Afful, who is also the Bolgatanga Municipal Health Director, kicked against the lodging of the money deducted for the scheme into the consolidated fund.

He rather proposed that, instead, it should be paid directly to the NHIA.

In April 2014, the Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, admitted that there was an increasing funding gap of the NHIS which was seriously threatening the existence of the scheme.

The minister told parliament the scheme was currently being confronted with a funding gap of 88 million U.S. dollars, which has risen sharply from 34 million U.S. dollars in 2013.

This, he said, was due to the rising patronage of the scheme and the resultant high cost of claims as against stagnated allocation of resources to keep the scheme alive. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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