Private healthcare providers give Gov't 2-weeks ultimatum to pay NHIA debt

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

Private healthcare providers in the country have given the government a 2-week ultimatum to pay the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) debts owed them.

According to the private companies, known as the Responsive Healthcare Service Providers Association of Ghana and the Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana, the debts owed them accrued over a 10-month period.

The Association said the inability of the government to meet their demands will force them to drag the NHIA to court.

According to executives of both groups, their members have been dragged to court by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Social Security National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) due to their inability to fulfill their obligations to these regulatory agencies while their monies are locked up with the NHIA.

The Executive Director for the Responsive Healthcare Services of Ghana, Joseph Christian Amoah who addressed a news conference in Kumasi said;

“Our members are being taken to court by GRA, SSNIT and other regulatory authorities. We are in procurement business and we deduct from source and for 10 months to a year a provider is not reimbursed and as a result of this ill act, it happens that our members are financially bankrupt. Some are ill, others are dead, others are threatening to shut down. It does not enhance the private government partnership in health. We are giving the government two weeks to advice NHIA to pay us. We will perhaps meet with our counsel and test the law.”

In an earlier release lamenting over the situation, the association said “the most recent payment received by health service providers under the scheme was for the month of July 2018, leaving a huge debt of between nine to 10 months, contrary to reports by the NHIA of having paid off a bigger chunk leaving a debt gap of five months.”