The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has dispelled claims that the ‘cash and carry’ system of health care is returning due to debts owed its service providers.
This comes on the back of recent comments of the Communications and Operations Director of the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana, (HISPAG) Joseph Christian Amoah, who warned that health facilities that accept the NHIS card would soon return to the cash and carry system.
He is reported to have said “the health facilities are lamenting government’s failure to settle their claims in arrears between 10 and 20 months”.
However, in a sharp denial to the reports the NHIA said it had “paid Health Service Providers from January 2016 to September 2016 (9 months out of 12) relative to the 2016 claims.”
According to a statement from the Authority, “with regard to 2017, Health Service Providers have been reimbursed for claims submitted for January to July in the average and continues to make payments” hence the claims from HISPAG are “erroneous and inadequate” because they don’t know owe health service providers 10 to 20 months.
The NHIA further encouraged all Health Service Providers that have perculiar situation contrary to the NHIA’s position to contact the Authority for “clarification and redress.”
Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Henryson Okrah