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National Health Insurance Scheme pay claims from internally generated funds

Oneghana Network, a Good Governance Advocacy group, on Wednesday, lauded some mutual health insurance schemes in the Volta Region for paying claims from internally generated funds, even before official payment allotments arrived.

The Network said the feat by the Schemes reflected the increasing innovative skills being put into its management.

A statement signed by Eric Afenyo, Convener of the Network, mentioned the Ketu District Scheme as one of the very well performing schemes in the region.

It said such creditable organizational skills going into the management of the schemes was in line with the Network’s drive to shove state organizations towards “best practices geared towards higher productivity”.

The Network observed that health issues were at the core of development and wellbeing of any nation and must be efficiently handled.

It commended Mr Elliot Nestor Akototse, Volta Regional Manager of the Insurance Schemes for the visible improvement in the schemes over the past few years, leading to an increase in membership, the payment of scheme providers  being fluid, and access to health of the citizenry mounting.

The Network called for the speedy implementation of the re-capitalization of the schemes to make those wobbling to stand on their feet.

Mr Akototse told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that sharper monitoring and evaluation of the schemes and strategic human resource decisions made the difference.

He said an officer was sent to Krachi-West and South-Dayi Districts to salvage those schemes because of that officer’s adeptness in blocking fund leakages.

Mr Akototse observed that the competitive strength of the Ketu District Scheme was the high populations in the area.

He said as at April 2011, a total of 1,411,343 clients had registered with the schemes in the region.

Oneghana Network, formed in March 2010 and headquartered in Ho, has 12 field-officers monitoring developments across the region.

In February this year, the Network organized a press-conference to evaluate ongoing development projects in the region.

Source: GNA

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