Approving NHIA Formula without a board is illegal- Minority

June 28, 2017
Source: Eugene Davis/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Approving NHIA Formula without a board is illegal- Minority

The Minority in Parliament are calling on the Minister of Health to withdraw the 2017 NHIA formula with immediate effect until a governing board has been properly and duly inaugurated.

According to Joseph Yieleh Chireh, the ranking member, Committee on Health, the failure of the Ministry of Health and government to constitute a board contravenes Act 852 of the National Health Insurance Act and represents an illegality.

 As per Section 42 of Act 852, the Act establishing the National Health Insurance Authority, the formula is to be presented to the House after the Board of the NHIA has considered and approved it.

“In the absence of the Board for the National Health Insurance Authority, approval of the formula will be illegal and against the National Health Insurance Authority Act 2012,(Act 852).

If you look at the Common Fund formula, it is the Administrator that should do so, in this particular case, it is the board that should present it, they must first approve it. They must authorize all disbursements.” he said.

He also explained that monies in the NHIA coffers cannot be disbursed due to the absence of a board except monies which were meant for 2016 that came to their coffers in 2017.