Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamoud Bawumia has launched Mobile Membership Renewal service of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The innovation, which is first of its kind in West Africa, will allows NHIS members to check policy validity, NHIS medicines list and benefit package and most importantly renew membership with the use of a mobile money wallet on any simple mobile phone, including feature phones better known as ‘yam phones’ in a matter of minutes via a USSD code *929#.
The service is available on the AirtelTigo, MTN and Vodafone networks.
The launch also marks the NHIS 15th Anniversary Commemoration which is on the theme “The Path to UHC in Ghana: Innovating for a Sustainable NHIS”.
He said, he was also reliably informed that an SMS feature system had been embedded in this NHIS Mobile Membership Renewal Service, which will allow the participation of NHIS members in confirming their attendance at facilities hence reducing the submission of duplicate or unearned claims submitted by Healthcare Providers for payment.
Dr. Bawumia said this feature will not only reduce financial leakages, but it will also make the scheme more financially sustainable.
The Vice President said the NHIS had also innovated by using technology to enhance their financial system in providing access to health care by its collaboration with the National Investment Bank to provide E – RECEIPTING technology with on-site banking at all its district offices.
He noted that this will reduce manual interventions in cash management and make the scheme more efficient.
He urged Ghanaians to join hands together to make the NHIS work for mother Ghana to be a healthy nation.