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NHIS implementors owed 9 months arrears but tariffs see 30% increase – Dr. Nawaane, Nabdam MP

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Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane, MP for Nabdam in the Upper East Region is worried about the debilitating debt owed implementors of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The MP who doubles as the Deputy Ranking Member on the Health Select Committee in Parliament explained that the Scheme owes implementors about 9 months of arrears [give or take].

While the situation is worrying, the MP is excited that tariffs for the reimbursement of drugs and services provided for under the Scheme have been reviewed upwards.

This came to light when the MP spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

“There have been payments, I think, up to September-October last year. The good news, however, is that they have revised their tariffs upwards both for the drugs and the services by about 30 percent. However, I must still say that it is not enough.”

While the increment is good news, Dr. Nawaane thought that the government could have done better considering the prevailing economic circumstances.

“It [tariff adjustment] should have been far over 100 percent, especially with the service tariffs. I do not expect so much change in the behaviour of service providers in terms of the co-payment. I do not expect much change because it [the tariff adjustment] is simply not enough. The increase is only about 30 percent.”

Touching on the recent appointment of Dr Bernard Oko Boye as CEO of the NHIA, Dr. Nawaane explained that it would be fair to give the CEO the benefit of the doubt, allow him to settle in and see his inputs toward bettering the NHIS.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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