National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

Mr Jarvis Coffie, Ketu South Municipal Public Relations Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has cautioned against negative comments in the media about the Scheme.

He said though the social intervention programme introduced by the government in 2003 still faced few challenges, it continued to provide good access and financial coverage for basic health care services to Ghanaians.

Mr Coffie gave the caution at a meeting with selected clients and contributors to radio discussions in the Municipality for education on the operations and goal of the Scheme.

He said negative comments deterred new clients from subscribing to the Scheme, thus, defeating the goal of attaining universal health coverage in Ghana.

Mr Coffie observed that those who consumed the negative messages were mostly poor indigenes who depended on radio for their information and when “they hear that the NHIS card is not working, they decide against enrolling on the Scheme and when they fall sick, they’re unable to access health care because they don’t have the means.

“What this means is that when their condition is contagious and they’re unable to go for treatment because they don’t have the card and don’t also have the money for the cash and carry system, you can imagine the consequence on the society.”

Mr Bernard Govina, the Municipal Manager, NHIS urged clients to play a part in addressing the issues they complained about by reporting illegal fees (payments without receipts) and other infractions at the health facilities to either their administration or the NHIS office for investigations and appropriate actions.

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