Mandatory foreign visitor health insurance not yet been discussed or approved by Cabinet — Health Ministry

Headlines Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Oko-Boye
Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Oko-Boye

The mandatory health insurance policy proposed for non-resident visitors to Ghana has not received government approval, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a statement issued on June 18, the Ministry said the proposal from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to require foreign nationals to take up health insurance upon entry "is not a policy of government."

The statement, signed by Ghana's Health Minister Hon. Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, clarified that "it [the proposal] has not yet been diseussed or approved by Cabinet."

The Ministry urged the public to disregard any information suggesting the policy has been finalized.

“Any policy and its implementation shall be thoroughly scrutinized and taken through all necessary protocols to establish its benefits for the people of Ghana before being settled on,” it stressed.

The clarification comes in the wake of an announcement last week that from July 2024, all non-resident foreigners entering Ghana would be required to purchase compulsory health insurance costing between $45 to $270.


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