Mr Maxwell Mahama

The municipal Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority has revealed the Sunyani Municipal office failed to achieve its premium mobilisation target.

 Speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting, Mr Maxwell Mahama noted despite the office's failure to reach its target, plans are in place to strengthen the mechanisms in premium mobilisation.

"Though in 2017, we couldn't meet our premium mobilization target, we met 88 percent of it and it  was quite encouraging. We are however mapping up workable strategies to help whip up the interest of residents to get more subscribers this year. It therefore required a collaborative concerted efforts to help find lasting solutions and make the scheme appealing to enroll on" 

 According to him, the National Health Insurance Authority has rolled out plans to digitise the process of renewing one's card or registering with the authority.

"To avoid congestion at the various offices, the scheme  on pilot base at Asuogyaman is adopting a digital platform for clients to subscribe, renew and check the activeness of one's membership by dialing *842*10#" Mr.Mahama noted.

 Mr. Mahama cautioned service providers against behaviours which he described as against the authority's agreement with the various service providers. He added the service has received reports of some hospitals and other service providers in the municipality charging unaproved fees from subscribers with the NHIS.

"Though some of our service provider are doing marvilously well, few others also indulge in malicious acts like co-payment at pharmacy shops, sales of the 540 drugs that the scheme cover, charging patients for hospital beds, change of prescribed drugs by doctors on drug prescription sheet among others. We are therfore calling on service providers to abstain from such unscrupulous acts to augment the efforts of the government"  he noted.

 He admitted though the authority is indebted to service providers but government is doing its best to defray the debt, adding the government has paid over 1 billion Ghana cedis in debt. The laws governing the scheme require the NHIA to hold stakeholders meeting periodically to address some of the issues and challenges the authority faces in terms of service delivery.

 The stakeholders' meeting which was under the theme" Sustainability of Health Insurance is a collective responsibility" was attended by subscribers, services providers and representatives of the Health Insurance Authority.

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