NHIA Appoints Nathaniel Otoo as new CEO

As he goes round speaking to Ghanaian's he has been saying that  The scheme  requires to cough out huge money to pay for medical bills of subscribers who now account for about 90 percent of hospital attendance in Ghana. His outfit according to hi has been doing all it could to pay up its debts.


Mr. Nathaniel Otoo has been elevated from Deputy Chief Executive Officer to the top position of Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

He has not rested on his oars after he was pushed to the top but has hit the ground running moving around the country on a regular basis to preach on the virtues of the Authority and share information on the challenges facing his outfit.

As an insider he is a living witness of the rapid growth of the insurance scheme from 1.5 million subscribers in 2006 to the current number of 11 million and knows that the increase in numbers though positive also poses challenges.

In one of such visits to the home of National Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu and his advisors Mr. Otoo  said    the scheme receives the  same level of income   from the subscribers and from  vat and  workers on  Social Security and National  Insurance Trust  since 2006  which  is  now adequate.

The authority has therefore devised various means of safeguarding the scheme’s income to be able to pay service providers of the scheme.

Mr. Otoo said the scheme has resorted to capitation system in order that all subscribers would be made to choose one service provider to ensure that good attention is given them while at the same time the providers are also paid regularly.

This system has been tried in the Ashanti Region where it  first faced  resistance  but with time  has proved to be   successful with the subscribers and the service providers cooperating well under it.

This system is so far being extended to the Northern, Upper East and West and then the rest of the country.  Apart from the capitation system the scheme has also posted some of its staffs to the nation’s hospitals and clinics to check the cards of subscribers to ensure that only the legitimate ones are presented.

This is meant to do away with fraud and impersonation experienced under the scheme in the past. In speaking to  the National Chief Imam and his advisors Mr. Otoo said for some time now some leading  staffs of the scheme has  been sent  round the country to sensitize people on the mandate and the operations of the scheme in order to solicit the views of citizens  on ways to improve its activities.


He thanked the National Chief Imam and his advisors for warmly receiving him and his entourage and said that as leaders of Muslims the scheme would like to work closely with them.

He asked the Imams and advisors to speak to their congregation on the programs of the scheme and the changes and improvements being provided to it. He singled out the National Chief Imam for mention and praise as a man of God who is also a philanthropist who feeds people day and night at his home, accommodate strangers free of charge and pay fees for students.

With this impressive show of love by the Chief Imam, Mr. Otoo said he is the right person who can partner the NHIA to ensure its success by sensitizing the teeming Muslims in Ghana about its activities.

Mr. Otoo has done so well so far and it is required the National Chief Imam and his Regional Imams and advisers would offer prayers for him and the NHIA even as they pontificate the good deeds of the scheme during their Friday and daily congregational prayers.

Source: By Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai

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