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NHIA Up in Arms Against Illegal Charges at Health Facilities

The NHIA partnering with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to establish a task force to deal with the practice.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) says the menace of illicit fee charges in the country’s hospitals will soon be a thing of the past.

According to the Authority, it is partnering with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to establish a task force to deal with the practice.

“We are working with the Ghana Health Service and the Charge facilities to stamp out illegal charges. These charges are destroying the image of the scheme and we don’t want it”, the Eastern Region Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NHIA, Dr Aboagye Da Costa, said.

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 To the NHIA, illicit charges by some health facilities on clients are detrimental to the image of the scheme and urged those involved to stop the practice as those caught will be dealt with according to the laws of the land.

Dr Aboagye Da Costa, commissioning its Nuaso office said the government is against the practice and was committed to dealing with those denting the image of the Scheme.

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He disclosed that plans were far advanced for visitors into the country to have mandatory health insurance as part of the programme to attain universal health coverage.

“The government is committed to ensuring our visitors coming to this country. By our Acts, non-Ghanaians are supposed to have insurance, to achieve Universal health coverage. So we are putting measures in place to ensure that, our visitors coming to this country will also have mandatory health insurance”, the CEO said.

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