President John Mahama has initiated a redesign of the country’s National Health Insurance Scheme to make it more accessible to the people of Ghana. To this end he has constituted a technical committee to make proposals that will change the face of Health Insurance as it is known in Ghana.
The President, who was addressing Ghanaians during the State of the Nation Address, revealed that “2015 saw an active NHIS membership of 11.2 million people i.e. 41% of the population of Ghana”, adding that outpatient utilisation of the scheme rose 29.6 million in 2014 from 597,000 in 2005.
He explains that the figures reveal the confidence Ghanaians have in the scheme and the health system.
He therefore wants the technical team to come up with a proposal which will amongst other things deal with the adequacy of funding for the Health Insurance scheme.
President Mahama also emphasized the need for Ghanaians to take preventive health very seriously especially in the face of changing nutritional habits.
The President also stated his intention to support the local pharmaceutical industry to produce as many drugs as possible here in Ghana.
“To this end, we’ve disbursed more than 50 million cedis to assist pharmaceutical companies and also removed VAT on all their raw materials”, he revealed and hoped that this measure will also help people living with HIV/AIDS get easy access to anti-retroviral drugs.