Cash-and-carry imminent as gov’t hospitals run out of cash

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Some District government hospitals across the country have run out of

cash and patience and have vowed to stop attending to patients

carrying the NHIS card.

The hospitals are turning away patients holding the National Health

Insurance cards because they do not have the funds to run the


The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has for several months

failed to reimburse the hospitals for cost they incurred providing

services to NHIS subscribers.

And with the current load management regime across the country, the

burden on these hospitals has become even more unbearable.

The Association of Private Health Care Providers in March this year

threatened to suspend services to the NHIS and implement a full

cash-and-carry policy if they were not reimbursed.

The Health Ministry, however, intervened with an appeal for the

hospitals to hold on as the NHIA prepares to pay them their monies.

The NHIA appears not to have made any payment, a situation which has

left the hospitals in a rather dire situation.

The Medical Superintendent of thePrestea Government Hospital in the

Western Region, Dr. Lesley Issah Adams Zakaria told Joy News the last

time they received payment from the NHIA was in July last year."Even

2014 we have not been paidfor March 2014," he noted.

He said the hospital is owed in excess of 900,000 cedis and several

efforts to get the NHIA to pay at least part of the monies have


So dire is the situation that the hospital is now depending on

mortuary fees to survive, he indicated.

"Management had a meeting and decided that if by close of the week we

don't receive any money from the NHIS by next week Monday we are going

full cash and carry," he threatened.

The situation at the Sogakope government hospital in the Volta Region

is no different.

Some students with the Sogakope SHS who reported sick at the hospital

with their NHIS cards were asked to bear the full cost of medical care

or be turned away.

An official of the hospital Dr Ernest Abude who later spoke to Joy

News' Fred Smith said they cannot run the hospital without money.

The last time they received payments from the NHIA was eight months ago.

Dr Abude said they need to buy water, medication, fuel for their

generator, disinfectants etc and allthese require money to do so.

"They just brought a claim of 15,862 cedis for cost of fuel for

generator. The hospital can't run without light", he indicated.

It is however not clear yet when the NHIA will make payments to these

hospitals to bring the situation under control.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

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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