wpid-Mr-Sylvester-Mensah.jpgA former Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Anane, has bemoaned the poor administration of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Contributing to the debate on the budget statement on the floor of Parliament yesterday, the Nhyiaso Member of Parliament (MP) said the Scheme was ?collapsing? under this administration and hence called on the government to do more to save the Scheme.

?The NDC was bequeathed the National Health Insurance Scheme in very healthy conditions but what are we seeing today? Today, the cash and carry of the pre-Kufuor days has gained ascendancy and is even being formalised,? he stated.

This, according to him, is happening due to the failure of the NDC administration to put in place adequate measures to expand the Scheme.

Passed into law in 2003, the Scheme has been the backbone of health delivery for most citizens in the country for years now.

However, in recent times it has been bedeviled with many difficulties that have led to fears that the Scheme faces a possible collapse.

The latest of such difficultiesis a protest by the Christian Health Association of Ghana that they will neither accept nor treat bearers of NHIS cards that visit their mission hospitals and clinics.

The reason for such move is as a result of the non-payment of NHIS claims due them.

These, together with other issues, have led the one-time minister of health under whose tenure the scheme was born to complain and call for action to save the NHIS.

?Over the past fortnight, the people of Ghana have received the shock of warnings from the healthcare service front and not from politicians that the NHIS is collapsing and also they, as NHIS cardholders, were not to be entertained,? Dr. Anane said.

?The healthcare system has been thrown under huge indebtedness to the bank and thence, was distressed. This is what we presented in our true State of the Nation address,? he added.

His concerns were acknowledged by the Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nkwanta South, Honourable Gershon Gbediame, who promised that government was putting in place measures to save the Scheme.

?Mr. Speaker, we acknowledge that there are challenges with the NHIS but we are making efforts to correct them?,? he assured.



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