The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to release monies to pay hospitals overdue NHIS claims.
Some government hospitals have complained about the undue delay in the payment of their claims, which they say is affecting healthcare delivery.
But speaking to Citi News, the Director of Communications for the NHIA, Selorm Adonoo, explained that the delay can be attributed to the processes involved in releasing monies.
“The ministry of health is working so hard to ensure some releases are secured so the NHIA is able to fulfill some of its financial obligations to ensure that the NHIS continue to work and deliver on its mandate. A lot of the money we get from taxes; that is the NHIL. When the monies are collected by the Ghana Revenue Authority, that money by law has to be deposited in the consolidated fund. After it is deposited there, the finance ministry and all those who matter sit to do the disbursements. If I give timelines, they may be longer; but very soon we’ll make payments to them.”
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), recently inaugurated a claims Payment Software to facilitate the smooth and early payment of claims to service providers.
This comes at a time when some service providers have threatened to cut services to the scheme over delays in payment of their claims.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana