Government has directed the release of GH? 180 million for the payment of arrears owed health insurance providers, according to a report by the graphiconline.com.

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The money is expected to clear part of the more than 60 million cedis owed National Health Insurance Scheme service providers across the country.

The NHIS owes service providers arrears covering six to eight months.

A statement signed by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, said the release forms part of ongoing efforts by government to clear all outstanding arrears owed NHIS service providers.

The statement added that the Bank of Ghana is currently processing the transfer of funds.

?We wish to reassure healthcare providers and all other stakeholders that the government stands by its commitment to make the necessary resource allocations to the National Health Insurance Authority to meet its financial obligations, particularly to service providers, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the scheme,? the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Society of Private Medical and Dental practitioners has ordered its members to withdraw services to NHIS subscribers effective Monday, May 4, due to unpaid services.

The Society of Private medical and Dental practitioners are demanding payment for earlier services offered to NHIS subscribers.

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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