Nkoranza (B/A), Dec. 6, GNA - The Management of the Nkoranza District Health Insurance Scheme received a total amount of 884,430,910 cedis as insurance premium for the year 2003. The Nkoranza District Health Insurance Scheme has been in existence for the past 13 years.
Mr Gabriel Michael Sarpong, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Scheme, who announced this at the Annual General Meeting of the members at Nkoranza, on Tuesday said, 47,932 people registered with the scheme during the period under review.
He added that, the scheme spent a total of 693,474,550 cedis as payment of bills on 1,579 insured clients admitted at the hospitals within the period.
The highest bill paid in the year on an insured client was 4,860,000 cedis as against 4,483,100 cedis paid on a single person the previous year.
Mr Sarpong expressed his gratitude to DANIDA Health Sector Support Office, Partnership for Health Reforms (PHR), Memisa, a Christian NGO in the Netherlands, Sunyani Catholic Diocese Health Services, Nkoranza District Assembly, the local St. Theresa's Hospital and the Traditional Council for their immense support towards the sustenance of the scheme. Mr Kwame Amporfo-Twumasi, the District Chief Executive paid a special tribute to Dr. Inneke Bossman, medical officer at the St. Theresa's Hospital for her efforts in spearheading the establishment of the scheme in the area.
Mr Amporfo-Twumasi stressed the need for the people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to promote their health.
He called on the management committee of the scheme to design the necessary plans and programmes to ensure that the people registered with the scheme to promote their health needs.
Mr Stephen Opoku Brobbey, manager of the Scheme said it was the objective of the management of the scheme to incorporate the guidelines and plans into the National Scheme in order that quality health delivery services could be offered to all clients, who should visit the health institutions in the country at any time.
Mr Brobbey announced that, a 15-member management committee has been set up to ensure smooth running of the administration of the scheme.
Nana Okofo Agyapong III, Adontenhene of Nkoranza Traditional Area, who presided, advised people in the area to squeeze part of their little resources and register with the scheme so as to have health for themselves and their families.