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NHIA threatens to punish health providers charging illegal fees

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The Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye has urged Ghanaians to sign onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to be able to afford healthcare in the country.

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is a social intervention programme introduced by the government to provide financial access to quality health care for residents in Ghana since 2003.

Speaking at the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council in Bolgatanga as part of his working visit to the region, Dr. Okoe-Boye said, health insurance is very important for all Ghanaians during health care delivery, hence the need for all citizens to immediately register for the policy.

While admitting that the Scheme is challenged, Dr. Okoe-Boye explained that it is still important for Ghanaians to have the card in their bid to access quality yet affordable healthcare. 

“The activity month is December and I will like to urge every Ghanaian to be on the National health insurance. I say it all the time and I want to say it again that with the national health insurance card while there are still some level of charges, although unfortunate, it is way better than living in Ghana here without any form of health insurance.”

Dr. Okoe-Boye  disclosed that each month, the government pays an amount of Ghc120 million in claims payments for healthcare providers in the country. He therefore noted that his outfit will not hesitate to erase any provider that charges illegal fees from holders of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

After paying a courtesy call on the Upper East Region Minister Stephen Yakubu and the staff of the Coordinating Council, The CEO of the NHIA moved to Paga in the Kassena-Nankana West District where he interacted with the paramount Chief of the Paga traditional area Pe Pwanalunga Charles Awiah Awampaga II.

Source:A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure |Bolgatanga|

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