… to service providers who submitted claims on time
Th National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has announce that its has paid some of its service providers the tune of GH¢91 million in the first two months of this year.
According to the NHIA, the monies which constitute the first batch of payment made in 2020 was allocate to credentialed service providers who submitted their claims vouchers on time.
In a statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of the NHIA, the Authority said, a total of 4,292 service providers comprising 2,993 public health facilities, 1,038 private health facilities, 228, mission health facilities and 33 quasi-government health facilities have been paid in 2020 alone.
The public health facilities received GH¢49.9 million representing 54.8 percent of the payments whiles the private service providers have been paid GH¢26million pegged at 28.3percent.
Mission health facilities (CHAG) have received GH¢15.2 million representing 16.5 percent and Quasi-Government service providers have been paid GH¢846,565.84 pegged at 0.9 percent of the total payments made so far.
The statement is coming on the back of complaints by some hospitals that the NHIA’s debt is crippling their operations. The Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) has said hospitals under its watch are owed some GH¢87million by the NHIA. The monies are owed from March to November 2019 although some of the hospitals are owed for some parts of 2018.
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was set up to provide financial risk protection against the cost of basic health care for all residents in Ghana in 2003 with ACT 650 that got revised in 2012 to Act 852.
Since its introduction, the NHIS has over the years grown to become a major instrument for financing health care delivery in Ghana and infact is the financial mainstay of over 4, 600 credentialed healthcare service providers in the country accounting for more than 85% of funds that flow into healthcare facilities to treat NHIS members.
The scheme is credited with improvements in the healthcare-seeking behaviour of many people in Ghana who now tend to seek medical attention earlier than before, thereby avoiding unnecessary deterioration in their health conditions.