Exclude NHIA Funds In Debt Exchange Programme – Gov’t Warned
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has cautioned the government to exclude the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) funds from it’s debt exchange programme.
The PSGH observed funds are promptly released to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to ensure that the public has uninterrupted access to healthcare, and efforts towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) are not unduly affected by the current crises.
In a statement signed by President of the PSGH, Samuel Ekow Donkor wrote, “We call on the Ministry of Finance and Parliament to ensure this is done and done timeously.
The group indicated it has taken note of the situation in the Ghana and actions taken by the government in response, however, “as a Society, our greatest concern is the healthcare of the people of Ghana, especially access to pharmaceutical care.”
It said the significant financing mechanism of healthcare in Ghana is the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) calling for all debts owed to suppliers of pharmaceutical products to healthcare facilities to be paid to avoid any disruptions in the supply of pharmaceuticals and products in Ghana.
“We strongly advise the government to ensure that pension funds are not impacted by the “haircuts” announced by the Hon. Finance Minister on 4th December 2022, to enable beneficiaries of these funds to have access to their full benefits,” it said.
“All monies owed depositors who were impacted by the financial sector clean-up should be paid as agreed and should not be impacted by the haircuts.
“The PSGH stands in solidarity with the people of Ghana and all stakeholders to take all necessary actions to ensure that government fully complies with demands and recommendations made,” it explained.
The group noted economic difficulties notwithstanding, the authority must assure admission to healthcare, especially for the susceptible and persons with confined resources.