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16.12.2008 Health

NHIS Still Operational-MoH Assures Public

By Daily Guide
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Mr. Abraham Dwuma Odoom addressing the press yesterday THE MINISTRY of Health (MOH) yesterday assured the general public, especially subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) that the scheme was still operational in all the accredited institutions throughout the country.

“The Ministry wishes to remind and assure all Ghanaians that the National Health Insurance Scheme was established by an act of Parliament and therefore remains solid,” said Abraham Dwuma Odoom, Deputy Health Minister.

The ministry's assurance follows rumours making the rounds in parts of the Ashanti region that the scheme had been abolished.

He said an investigation has since been launched into the rumour.

Addressing the press in Accra yesterday, Mr. Odoom cautioned those behind the rumour not to “sacrifice such an important national scheme on the altar of political expediency.”

“We wish to state that such lies and rumours will not be allowed to derail the substantial gains made by the scheme, which stands tall as an important national poverty alleviation programme.”

He called on all card-bearing members of the scheme to contact their respective health care providers to access health care free-of-charge, stressing, “All the 2,500 accredited provider institutions are standing by as always, to render services to the 12 million subscribers of the scheme throughout Ghana.”

On the amount of money released so far by the National Health Insurance Authority to the various service providers, the deputy Health Minister said the authority had settled the fourth quarter subsidy totaling  GH¢92,960,692.96 to all Mutual Schemes throughout the country.  

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