Senegalese delegation lauds Ghana’s NHIS
Ghana’s Health Insurance Scheme has been applauded for adopting strong policies to address its challenges and improving health care delivery in the country.
A Senegalese-government delegation in the country to study Ghana’s healthcare delivery system, particularly the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), made the commendation.
The nine-member delegation, which included health experts, parliamentarians, finance minister and a deputy health minister, is expected to conduct a three-day study of the NHIS’s policies, audit, monitoring and evaluation, as well as relations between the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme.
The visit is also to study the mechanism of enrolling members and strengthening their participation in the risk of management, quality control and to understand the role of the key players, particularly the local government and other ministers, in the implementation of the national universal health insurance policy in the country.
The Chief Operations Officer of the NHIA, Mr Nathaniel Otu, who received the delegation in Accra, said: ‘Though Ghana had now become a model for Africa, it had been asked not to be complacent because the country’s scheme was unique but had experiences worth sharing and learning from other developing countries.
So far, about five African countries, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Benin, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and Bangladesh have understudied Ghana’s health insurance scheme and described it as a model of health insurance.
Mr Otu said despite all the challenges, the scheme was doing its best to promote quality healthcare delivery and would make sure to get every individual onto the scheme.
The leader of the Senegalese delegation, who is also the deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Mr Mame Abdoulaye Gueye, said the collaboration between Ghana and Senegal was based on issues relating to the development of universal health insurance.
By Jennifer Ansah/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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