Dr Michael Kyeremanteng left with the Indian High Commissioner and Yaw Buabeng Asamoah launching the Health Insurance Scheme
The C4C Homeopathic Hospital has launched an insurance scheme to mitigate the financial challenges patients go through while seeking treatment at the health facility.
The insurance scheme is designed to cover the cost for consultation, diagnostics, examination, physiotherapy services and fifty percent of medication, among others, for patients.
The President of C4C Homeopathic Hospital, Dr. Michael Kojo Kyeremanteng, addressing the audience at the launch of the scheme in Accra, disclosed that more than 2000 people had registered with the hospital’s Health Insurance Scheme since its introduction a few months ago.
He averred that it costs GH¢100 and GH¢50 for adults and children respectively to subscribe for the scheme annually.
Homeopathic is a form of treatment methodology which allows medical pluralism and is being practised in India, Britain, Mexico, Brazil, US and a number of countries worldwide.
While appealing to government to give recognition to homeopathic practice in the country, Dr. Michael Kojo Kyeremanteng also called for representation of a homeopathic practitioner on the Ministry of Health and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) council.
He explained that such a move would help create the needed awareness of homeopathic practice and also help demystify public perceptions.
Dr. Kyeremanteng appealed to the FDA to reduce the registration fee for each homeopathic drug presented to it.
He said it costs $3,600 or GH¢18,000 at present to register a single drug.
The Indian High Commissioner in Ghana, Birender Sengh Yadav, said about 10% of Indian population solely depends on homeopathic treatment for their healthcare needs.
“The practice, which is more than a century old since its introduction in the country, has blended so well into the roots and traditions of the country and has been recognized as one of the National System of Medicine playing a very important role in the country’s healthcare delivery,” he stated.
According to Mr Sengh Yadav, homeopathic practice ensures wellness and that India’s National Health Policy (NHP) for 2017 fully approves of it as a practice and that it has fewer complications for the patient.
Dr. Philip Arthur Gborsong, Chairman, C4C Group of Companies, reiterated that homeopathic remedies do not have any recognized side effects and are applicable to people of all age groups with a very high rate of success.
The chairman, who is also the Head of Communication Department of University of Cape Coast, stressed that the national health policy of Ghana moves beyond orthodox and herbal medicines to homeopathic treatment, which has been proven to be of high efficacy.
Dr Michael Kojo Kyeremanteng later told DAILY GUIDE that C4C Homeopathic Hospital was established barely two years ago but has made significant impact in the country.
He was happy that the hospital now has branches throughout the country and a medical college with specialty in Homeopathy.
By Solomon Ofori