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19.05.2008 Health

Oguaa Mansin health insurance scheme registers more people

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About 3,488 people including children were registered and instantly issued with their identity cards last week when management of Oguaa Mansin Health Insurance Scheme in Cape Coast, organized a week-long outreach programme at Kotokuraba and Abura both suburbs of Cape Coast, to get more people on-board the scheme.
There was a stampede as people rushed to register at both places on Saturday, the last day of the exercise.
Mr Osei Reindorf, Scheme Manager, who disclosed this to Ghana News Agency at Cape Coast on Monday, said this was the first time management had undertaken a mass registration exercise, and more people “are now getting to understand and appreciate the benefits under the Scheme”.
He said even though the exercise was very hectic especially with the issuing of identity cards instantly, the management had planned more of such programmes for other areas within the metropolis to enable it reach out to cover the over 120,000 people in the metropolis.
Mr Reindorf said since the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) three years ago, 90,166 people had been registered by the end of April this year, while about GH¢ 876,427 had been paid to clients to cover drugs and services for more than 70,275 patients.
He urged Ghanaians to join the scheme to enable them access affordable and quality health care to help reduce preventable deaths.

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