NHIA receives funds to clear debts this week

Service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme are expected to receive payment of work done this week.

This follows release of funds by the Finance Ministry to the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to clear debts owed the service providers.

It is however not clear whether the payment will cover several months of arrears owed them.

There have been several threats by service providers to withdraw services to NHIS card holders over unpaid claims.

But executive director of the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana, Frank Torblu tells Joy News the association is expecting the money in time for its operations.

“Funds have been released to the National Health Insurance Authority for onward transmission to the various hospitals nationwide,” he confirmed.

He said the providers are “waiting patiently” for the amount to hit their accounts to know whether government is clearing all its debts.

The NHIS policy was introduced in 2006, to replace the cash and carry system.

However the policy has gone through turbulent challenges over the past few years, with service providers crying over debts owed them by the NHIA.

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