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We need GHC12.9b to provide quality health care for every Ghanaian-NHIA

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Health care delivery in Ghana
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The National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, has disclosed that the authority needs GHC 12.9 billion annually to be able to provide quality health care for every Ghanaian.

According to the NHIA, quality health care delivery will cost Ghana, 86 dollars per capita, which means per our current population which stands at 28.83 million, the cost in dollars for a year will be 2.58 billion and at the prevalent Cedi rate of 5 cedis it will 12.9 billion Ghana Cedis.

Speaking to Citi FM on how to improve the quality of health care delivery in Ghana, the Director of NHIA, Dr. Samuel Annor said despite the little given them they are able to leave up to expectation.

"At the moment when we look at the levy amount we are expecting about 2.4billion Ghana Cedis but we are still doing a good a job with what we have in that looking at the tariff that we pay to our service providers you can not compare it with a lot of countries, I must say service providers are doing good with the amount we are giving them."

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As part of ways to help solve issues regarding overpayment of claims to service providers, he added that their "internal audit directorate has been strengthened and just the last year they've recouped about 24m Ghana Cedis from overpayment of service providers."

"One of the major problems contributing to the loopholes is how we process claims, it's manual, laborious and time wasting, we've started the process of finishing that even before we conclude the procurement process to get a partner to help us get the best IT to help solve the problem, even in-house we've increased the electronic claim processing from initially 9% to about 20%," he stated.

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