NHIA to focus on registration of the disadvantaged

By Edmund Quaynor/Francis Duku-Boateng, GNA

Koforidua, Aug.
14, GNA -The National Health Insurance Authority is to focus on improving the
access of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to the deprived in the
Eastern Region during the second part of this year.

The target of
the scheme during the second part of this year is to get more people with
disability, paupers and the disadvantaged to enroll unto the scheme to enable
them to get access to quality health care.

This was
disclosed by the Eastern Regional Director of the National Health Insurance
Authority (NHIA), Mr Theophilus Owusu- Ansah, at a media briefing in Koforidua.

He appealed to
the media to help encourage associations and organizations that work with
people with disabilities to get in touch with the offices of the Authority in
the region to register and enroll their members unto the scheme.

Mr Owusu-Ansah
said his office also plans to move the registration equipment’s to the Senior
High Schools to make it easy for students to register and renew their registration.

He said the
introduction of electronic or mobile renewal of registration of members of the
scheme had helped to clear the large number of people that were previously seen
at the offices of the authority in the region.

Under the
scheme, members could use their mobile phones to renew their registration and
would not need to be present at the offices of the authority.

He said one of
the major challenges that the scheme had in the early part of the year was the
registration of pregnant women because they had to be seen physically.

This was
because pregnant women are entitled to a special package under the scheme.

Mr Owusu-Ansah
said the scheme had been able to pay health facilities that provide services to
their members up to September last year, adding that, currently, efforts are
being made to pay the debts of the scheme to the facilities.

Mr Owusu-Ansah
explained that health facilities that had not received their payments up to
September last year had challenges with the bills that they submitted, which
are being solved.

However, he
said, some maternity homes and CHPS compounds had been paid beyond September
last year.

Mr Owusu-Ansah
advised clients of the scheme, who had challenges when they go to the service
providers, to report to the authorities for support and resolution.

GNA

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