NHIS adds to treatment list and improves on coverage – CEO

Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby,
Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby,

Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has hinted that the Scheme has added a new medicine for the treatment of breast cancer hitherto was expensive for patients who were members of the Scheme to afford on their own, making Ghana the only country thay pays for such medicine in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

She further announced that the Scheme has added the treatment of four (4) commonest childhood cancers and family planning to the list of treatments covered under it.

However, she mentioned her major challenge as co-payment which is illegal because the Scheme does not have such arrangement and was therefore leaving no stone unturned in bringing perpetrators to book while retrieving moneys of affected customers.

Dr Dsane-Selby who gave the hint in an interview with Newsghana during the launch of this year’s NHIS Week Celebration in Takoradi also warned staff who took money from clients to desist from the act since anyone found culpable would be dealt with severely.

She touted the achievement of her administration and said since the introduction of the mobile renewal about 80% of customers have been renewing their membership on their own.

She said, currently, the Scheme has covered 52% of its target but aiming at getting 80% to enable Ghana achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and called on all stakeholders to support the efforts since the NHIA system was strong enough to handle the numbers.

Dr Dsane-Selby emphasized that this year’s celebration focuses on linking the NHIA Card to the Ghana Card to ensure that there were proper preventive services and screening hence, the need for every Ghanaian to be rolled onto the Scheme for proper planning services.

She indicated that anyone who registered his or her NHIA card within the week irrespective of how long that person had been away would get instant access to health insurance and urged Ghanaians to use the Week as an opportunity to re-register their cards via their mobile phones as it was easy and simple to do.

She further commended the staff of the Authority for their resolve in ensuring that every Ghanaian enrolled on the Scheme making them “the most loyal professional organisation in Ghana now” and promised to improve on their working conditions.

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