Stakeholders reject onetime premium; call for increase in NHIS levy

Ghana |

Stakeholders in the health sector have unanimously kicked against the implementation of the one-time health premium policy of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The stakeholders issued a communiqué to that effect after a two-day meeting in Accra.

Hospital Administrators, officials at maternity homes, the Pharmacy Council, Economists, the Finance Ministry as well as members of the Parliamentary Sub-committee on Health met to discuss teething issues affecting the implementation of the National Health Insurance scheme.

As part of measures to ensure the sustainability of the policy, the stakeholders proposed between one and one and half per cent of NHIS levy.

Currently the NHIS is 2.5 per cent of the Value Added Tax, an amount stakeholders believe is unsustainable.

They are therefore projecting at least 3.5 or 4 per cent NHIS levy.

Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA Sylvester Mensah told Joy News’ Evans Mensah they will be happy if the 4 per cent is approved but that will be at the behest of the president.

On the Onetime NHIS premium, Mr Mensah said government officials who were part of the stakeholders meeting put a claim in favour of the policy but the other members had contrary opinions.

He said the stakeholders however arrived at a common understanding to increase the levy in order to ensure the sustainability of the policy.

Mensah said with or without the one time premium policy, the stakeholders are convinced there is dire need for the increase of the levy.