Gov’t has paid all arrears owed NHIS – Finance Ministry

Gov’t has paid all arrears owed NHIS – Finance Ministry

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Gov’t has paid all arrears owed NHIS – Finance Ministry.

The Ministry of Finance says it has fulfilled all financial obligations to the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS) for the 2015 fiscal year.

The NHIA has been been struggling to pay service providers, a situation that has caused some providers to reject card holders until debts are settled.

Government recently released 180 million cedis to the NHIA to offset part of its 460 million cedi debt owed service providers but despite government’s intervention various health institutions insist they will not accept card holders until the entire debt is defrayed.

On Thursday, the Society of Private and Dental Practitioners indicated that its members will continue to reject NHIS cards until the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) pays about eighty percent of the total debt owed private hospitals.

However the Minister on Thursday’s sitting told the House that government had settled all arrears owed the scheme.

Answering questions on government’s expenditure on the NHIA in parliament on Thursday, the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper told MPs that the payment of 2015 commitments so far is an indication that government is committed to reviving the scheme.

“The releases from the National Health Insurance Levy into the Insurance Fund, stood at 828, 399,000 in 2013 and 1,630,199 GHC in 2014.In 2015, payments to the National Health Insurance has been made up to date. This means that the Ministry has fulfilled all its obligations to the National Health Insurance Fund including the payment of all arrears,”the Minister stated.

According to him, “the releases from the Health Insurance Levy into the Health Insurance Fund for 2013 and 2014 financial years as received by the Accountant Controller General in relation to the sustainability of the scheme as well as other issues related to its efficient operation, are issues which the Ministry of Health is tackling in conjunction with the Ministry[of Finance] since it involves financial issues and likely fiscal implications.”

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