Tony Aidoo predicts doom for NHIS

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Feb 12th, 2014
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wpid-nhis.jpgAmbassador-designate, Dr Tony Aidoo has warned that if government fails to come up with far-reaching measures to save the National Health Insurance Scheme, the country’s boldest ever social protection policy risk collapsing.
“Seriously, there must be a second look at the National Health Insurance system. The inability to fund the system adequately is one factor that killed the one-term premium thing because it was found out [that]…it is not sustainable,” he disclosed.
Just as has been reiterated by The Al-Hajj newspaper, Dr Tony Aidoo, who is also Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Presidency, warned of dire consequences should the government fail to take critical look at the scheme and correct the disparity.
He also called for the need to step up efforts to check the hemorrhage of the revenue that goes into the coffers of the NHIA from the consolidated fund as well as corruption on the side of accredited service providers.
Sharing his thoughts on the present condition of the Health Insurance Scheme in the light of service providers threat to revert to the ‘obnoxious’ cash and carry on Joy Fm’s super morning show, Dr Aidoo disclosed that the much trumpeted one term premium espoused by the ruling NDC could not see the light of day due to lack of continual funds.
He said mathematical and statistical assessments of the proposal proved that it was unsustainable.

According to the tough-talking Tony Aidoo, unlike other jurisdictions where everybody is a contributor to the scheme, only a fraction of Ghana’s population bears the cost while the larger majority gets the benefits.

The Ambassador-designate added that the imbalance will inevitably make the health insurance system run at a loss.

“But to overcome this you may want to increase the premium but if you increase the premium you will thereby also increase the hardship on the few that pays.

The NDC guru called for the need to step up efforts to check the hemorrhage of the revenue that goes into the coffers of the NHIA from the consolidated fund as well as corruption on the side of accredited service providers.

The Al-Hajj, has in a series of publications revealed inherent dangers in the running of the NHIS due to lack of funds occasioned by government’s inability to fulfill its financial obligations owe the scheme.

But authorities did not pay heed until recent times when service providers threatened to withdraw their services compelling the Ministry of Health to     release GHC 104 million to the NHIA to offset its indebtedness.

Considering the huge amount it owed the partners, the service providers say the amount was not enough to clear the debts.

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