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12.11.2004 General News

Govt denies using NHIS levy to finance campaign

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The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, has dismissed rumours that had gained wide currency in certain parts of the country that the Government was collecting the National Health Insurance Levy (NHL) to finance its Political Campaign.

He stressed that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was a laudable government policy aimed at providing quality and affordable health care delivery to the generality of Ghanaians and, therefore, cautioned Politicians not to Politicise such an important national issue.

Mr Adjei-Darko advised Ghanaians not to allow some disgruntled Politicians to deceive them against the payment of the NHL since health was their life, which could not be exchanged with any material thing.

The Minister also advised doctors, nurses and board members of the Scheme to be loyal and committed to the laudable scheme for which the Government had invested a lot of resources.

In an address read on behalf of the Minister for Health, Dr Kwaku Afriyie, he said it was possible for the people belonging to a particular District/Municipal Health Insurance Scheme (D/MHIS) to access health care in another District other than the District where they normally reside.

He said all D/MHIS would eventually be networked so that the Schemes could communicate with one another electronically.

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