General News of Friday, 14 July 2017
Former Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia has said the erstwhile Mahama administration will not accept responsibility for the current debt faced by the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS).
According to the former Minister, the current administration has failed to follow plans and policies put in place to deal with the NHIS arrears.
Mr. Segbefia was reacting to the current Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu’s statement before parliament, which sort to link the past administration to the over GHC800 million owed suppliers.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, Mr. Segbefia said there must be adequate efforts by the current government to deal with the issue.
“We had put in place a system whereby 10% was allocated for the payment of drugs and realized that,there would be issues even if the funds were available at all times due to the increasing use of the NHIS,”he stated.
To solve the problem he said, the Mahama-led administration in their manifesto suggested that some money be taken from the Petroleum Levy to augment current sources of revenue for the scheme.
He added that, they were aware of the debt that would come and had a formula and system to deal with it to prevent the issue from surfacing.
Ghanaians have expressed frustration over the NHIS which has failed to pay service providers for over 12 months. Many health facilities are now operating a cash and carry system for card holders.