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NHIA to rope in 4 childhood cancers onto scheme

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Four childhood cancers, cancer of the eye, jaw & abdomen, leukemia, and the kidney have been added to the services of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). These four cancers add up to two other cancers, breast, and cervical, that the scheme currently enables active card bearers to access less health care cost.

Aside from the inclusion of these four critical health conditions, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has also announced the inclusion of family planning services for the Ghanaian citizenry. Beneficiaries of the scheme will begin to enjoy all these new services effective the year 2022.

Acting Upper East Regional Director of the NHIA, Kasimu Abudulai announced this during an activity to mark this year’s NHIS week celebration held in Bolgatanga.

The staff of the authority as part of activities to commemorate the week-long activity embarked on a float on some principal streets of Bolgatanga to sensitize the public on the four childhood cancers, family planning, and create awareness on the benefits of the scheme.

The Acting Upper East Regional Director revealed that the scheme in the region has increased its membership with about 70 percent of the region’s population are holding active membership cards which is far beyond the national percentage which currently stands at 53 percent.

“Ghana is set to achieve universal health care by 2030 and with your support as clients, we can set the records of being the first region in the country to achieve universal health care”, he stated.

Kasimu Abudulai- Acting Upper East Regional Director of NHIA

The NHIA as part of its week’s celebration has given a waiver on waiting periods for individuals who renew or register for the insurance card.

This, therefore, means that beneficiaries will automatically have their cards activated to enable them to access health care services instead of the traditional one-month waiting period for new registrants or defaulters.

The theme for this year’s National Health Insurance Week celebration is, ‘NHIS: Using the Ghana Card for Expanded Health Services’.

Mr. Kasimu entreated holders of the NHIS card to link their cards with the National Identification card by dialing the short code, *929#, and follow the prompts.

“There are so many benefits to linking these cards. Once you have the Ghana card, you don’t have to hold multiple cards in your wallet; you only need to carry the Ghana card. It cost health insurance a lot in producing the cards, so the money that would have been used in producing the cards can be used to defray some of our areas in health care based. Clients will no longer pay for misplacing multiple cards, they will have to pay for the replacement of the Ghana Card and that saves a lot of money. And we at NHIA are setting the pace.”

He indicated that beneficiaries after linking the insurance card to the Ghana card can access health care delivery using the Ghana card “because all health insurance cards will soon be withdrawn from the system, but, children under 15-years will continue to use the insurance cards because they do not have the Ghana card”.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Ghana

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