Kumasi Children’s Hospital scraps NHIS system

The Kumasi Children’s Hospital has said it will consider rejecting patients with Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards and begin with the cash-and-carry system in the com­ing days.

Admin­istrator of the 57-bed capacity hospital, Daniel Ohene Nti-Karikari, bemoaned the refusal of the NHIA to service the debt had cash-strapped the hospital and affected their operations as well.

He disclosed that “suppliers of med­icine and non-drugs to the hospital have been chasing the hospitals man­agement for their monies so when it comes to the worse we shall stop the NHIS. We don’t have any other source of income.”

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hospital, also in Kumasi, some few weeks ago, scrapped the NHIS by replacing it with the cash- and-carry system, with authorities cit­ing non-payment of claims by the NHIA to have influenced its decision.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) owes the hospital GH₵872,000, being claims that the hospital had sent to the NHIA for the past eight months without any posi­tive response.

The Kumasi Children’s Hospital’s threat of banning NHIS came to bear when the Police Ladies Association (POLAS) of Ashanti Region made a donation to the hospital as part of activ­ities marking POLAS’ 25 years anniver­sary.

The items presented by POLAS were aimed at helping make health delivery smooth for patients at the hospital.

ASP Susana Derry, Deputy Ashanti Regional Coordinator, DOVSU and Executive Member of POLAS, said the presentation was the group’s widows mite in assisting the hospital.

Jacqueline Victoria Ackah, Nursing Manager, Kumasi Children’s Hospital, said a land for the construction of a modem theatre had been allocated and an amount of GHc97,000 was needed to put up the theatre, calling on appropri­ate bodies to help.

She was grateful to POLAS for the donation.

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