GHANA’S HEALTH MINISTRY TO COME UP WITH INITIATIVES FOR HEALTHCARE FINANCING

ACCRA, The Ministry of Health will soon come up with short, medium and long-term policy initiatives to address issues of healthcare financing in Ghana, says the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare.

He told a meeting of health professionals from the Methodist Church in Kumasi, about 250 kilometres northwest of here, on Tuesday that there was going to be cost containment measures to improve the efficiency of the national health insurance scheme.

The health ministry and its agencies, including the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), are eager to tackle the funding challenges of the scheme, which has over the years been struggling to pay claims submitted by healthcare service providers, resulting in high indebtedness to the health facilities.

It has recently begun paying some of the outstanding claims to the public, private and missionary health facilities which have been loudly complaining that the delay in re-imbursement is crippling their operations. The situation has forced some of them to stop accepting NHIS subscription in their facilities.

Dr. Nsiah underlined the government’s determination to ensure that the people have access to quality, affordable and reliable healthcare. He applauded the role and contribution of mission hospitals in healthcare delivery and said the government would continue to strengthen its partnership with them to bring quality healthcare to everybody.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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