Brong Ahafo NHIA Organizes End of Year Review Meeting

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The National Health Insurance Authority in the Brong Ahafo region have

organized an end of year review meeting for 2014 at Sunyani, under the

theme: Eleven Years of NHIS Implementation in the Brong Ahafo Region,

Successes, Challenges and the way forward.

AG. Regional Director, Sebastian Alagpulinsa said they have achieved a

total active membership registration of 1,507,469 representing 61%

coverage of the region's population.

And out of the membership, a total of 437,795 poor and indigents were

registered from a regional target of 272,056.

He said Brong Ahafo Region was first among the among the non-biometric

regions at the National level.

"In our drive to increase efficiency in the financial operations of

the scheme and particularly in the region, we conducted 43 payment

verification visits to the twenty (20) district offices and 144

provider sites to ensure effective application of the NHIS tariff

regime and the medicines list."

According to Mr. Sebastian Alagpulinsa, another innovative strategy

that was pursued by the region for the sustainability of the scheme

and as a step to reduce clinical audit deductions at the provider

site, was the partnership between the regional office of GHS and the

NHIA to train all providers in the region on the standard treatment

guidelines as well as rational use of medicines.

He added that the Brong Ahafo NHIA, have paid claims up to July 2014

with a total cost of GHC 44,381,429.29 at 2,399,449 utilization for

both OPD and IPD. "when this is compared with the same period in 2013,

claims cost as at July was GHC 37,276,189.49 with total utilization of

2,120,260. In terms of the cost it shows a percentage change of 19%

and that of utilization is 13%."

Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. Justice Samuel Adjei said

the health insurance scheme in Ghana since its inception, has to a

large extent positively affected the lives of its enrolees and has

chalked numerous successes.

He said the programme has systematically achieved: the reduction in

the rising cost of health care among the participants; it has led to

the fair distribution of contributions for health; it has ensured that

socio-economic groupings do not constitute a barrier to somebody to

access health care where he wants; and it has restored confidence in

primary and secondary levels of health care.

"Contrary to the perceptions in some sections of the Ghanaian populace

that the National Health Insurance Scheme is collapsing, i wish to

take this opportunity to indicate that the scheme has achieved

remarkable results in our region. Its active membership coverage rose

from a total of 1,353,761 in 2013 to 1,507,469 in 2014, representing

65.23 percent of the Regional population of 2,310,983 (2010 PHC)."

Hon. Justice Adjei commended staff of the NHIS in the region for this

remarkable and enviable achievement.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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