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04.05.2004 General News

NHIS to cover 95 percent of diseases in the country

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Kuntanase (Ash), May 4, GNA - The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will cover 95 percent of the prevailing diseases in the country, Mr Felix Osei-Bonsu, Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma manager of the NHIS, has stated.

However, the various districts and other health insurance schemes have the option to determine the scope of coverage as desirable in a particular area, he added.

Mr Osei-Bonsu was speaking at a workshop organised for 120 representatives of 142 health insurance communities in the district at Kuntanase at the weekend.

He said the government would support more than 90 districts to implement the scheme and that already 35 billion cedis had been disbursed to the various districts as seed fund for the scheme. Mr Osei-Bonsu said there might be teething problems in the implementation of the scheme since it was new and therefore called on the people to support it.

He indicated that contributors between the ages of 18 and 70 years would pay about 60,000 cedis, 90,000 cedis and 120,000 cedis, depending on one's social status and ability to pay.