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“The NHIA has regained its effectiveness with a minimum amount; subscribers can access a wider range of medical services,” says Issahak Abdul Latif

The Northern Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA)  Issahaku Abdul Latif has revealed that management of the authority has clear the Gh₵1.2 billion debt bequeathed to it by the previous NDC administration,

He said the NHIA had regained its effectiveness and that for a minimum amount; subscribers could have access to a wide range of medical services in the region and the country at large.

Issahak Abdul Latif made this know at the end of year review meeting held in Tamale. The meeting was to take stock of the scheme and also share ideas on success stories as well as challenges in order to move the scheme forward.

He added that management of NHIS are working towards to clear all the debt, ‘’I am happy and glad to report that the debt the NHIS, you head about two years ago that we were heavily indebted for almost GHC1.2 billion for some time now has been cleared, and nobody has heard any facility complaining of any debt. That tells you that quietly we have settled a chunk of our debt. Therefore, we are working towards in making sure that eventually, there is no one single pesewa that we owe’’, A Latif stressed.

The Regional Director of the NHIA also disclosed that the scheme had registered thousands of beneficiaries in the region, saying “NHIS had regained its confident among card holders with the introduction of the mobile renewal”.

 The mobile membership renewal service was rolled out in December 2018 as part of reforms to ease the pressure and also reduce the difficulties the clients of NHIA go through at the various NHIS centers in the region.

‘’The initiative is actually working because it has reduced overcrowding at the various NHIA offices and renewal centers, and so I am happy to say we are achieving huge results. People can visit our offices and confirm this.”

A Latif also disclosed to Diamond News in an interview that management of the NHIA is also putting up strategic measures in place to implement ‘E receipting programme’ to ease the pressure and also provide a convenient way of registering the NHIS card for clients. With this E receipt system, he said, will go a long way to prevent leakages of claims at the various health facilities.

The Northern Regional director of NHIA stated that these reforms are part of efforts by the authority to ensure transparency, efficiency and also increase the financial mobilization as well as curbing fraudulent activities affecting the Scheme.

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