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23.06.2006 Health

Asante-Akim South health insurance agents to be audited

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Health insurance agents in the Asante-Akim South District are to undergo a month-long auditing exercise in an effort to combat misappropriation of premiums collected from subscribers to the scheme.

The move comes barely eight months after the scheme took off in the district as a measure to ensure premiums collected are well accounted for.

In view of this, collection agents in the district have been asked to submit their receipt books to the district office within two weeks.

This came to light when 70 collection agents were sensitised on new developments in the operations of the scheme at a day's workshop at Juaso on Tuesday.

Mr Owusu Kodua, the District Manager of the scheme, said the auditing had become necessary due to the increasing discrepancies in the records of agents.

Mr Kodua said registration of indigents and the elderly was not encouraging and urged participants to register such people.

Dr Lord Justice Gyamfi-Fenteng, the District Chief Executive, said the agents were the pivot around which the scheme revolved, hence any malpractice on their part would be detrimental to the success of the scheme.

He said the law would not spare any agent caught exploiting the scheme to his or her advantage.

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