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Volta Region lags behind in National Health Insurance coverage – Kumbuor

The Volta Region is lagging behind in the coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Benjamin Kumbuor, Deputy Minister of Health said on Tuesday.      He said; “A national comparative analysis on the proportion of population covered by the scheme revealed that the region was behind”.      Dr Kumbuor …

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Two National Health Insurance providers suspended for malfeasance

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIS) on Tuesday suspended the County Hospital and Atasomanso Hospital, both heath facilities in Kumasi, from providing services to NHIS subscribers for three months, for discrepancies.      Their certification as NHIS providers had also been redrawn after a clinical audit cited them for double billing, …

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Mahama demands innovations from Ghana’s insurance industry

Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Friday charged operators in the insurance industry to adopt novel strategies in expanding the sector so as to make it a major player in the economy than it is at the moment. He said the over reliance of insurance companies on third party premiums …

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New pension scheme to begin January 2010

The implementation of a new three tier pension scheme is to begin in January 2010, Mr John Jinapor, an Aide to the Vice President, disclosed this to the GNA on Friday. He said it was the outcome of a meeting conveyed by the Vice President John Mahama to dialogue with …

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Private hospitals cautioned against over-billing National Health Insurance

Mr Sylvester Mensah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has cautioned private hospitals against over-billing under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) that was crippling the scheme. He cited that private medical practitioners presented bills for the treatment of common malaria and admissions as if …

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Minister urges health insurance scheme Managers to deepen public education

Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Eastern Regional Minister, on Monday challenged mangers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to deepen public education on the negative effects of abusing the system. “You need to take up the responsibility to explain to the people that it would do the scheme a lot of …

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Ghana’s informal sector pension scheme takes off

More than 40,000 people have subscribed to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Informal Sector Fund, a subsidiary of SSNIT that operates on a blend of the usual pension scheme and “Susu” contributions. The Fund, which is yet to be launched formally, began on a pilot basis in …

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One time health insurance premium in December 2010

Mr. Sylvester Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has said the one time premium payment by clients would commence by December next year. He said all is set but the scheme is waiting for a multiple validation from the International Labour Organization (ILO) …

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Bank of Ghana calls on insurance companies to deepen penetration

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has charged insurance operators to use innovative ideas and strategies to deepen the penetration of the industry to complement the banking sector in mobilising resources for economic growth. Dela Selormey, Head, Banking Supervision Department, Bank of Ghana, said the insurance sector is seen as a …

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Health insurance clients compelled to pay for drugs

Clients of the Ho Municipal Mutual Health Insurance scheme have to pay for drugs under the scheme through suspected manipulation by some service providers and below-the-market-price quotations by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA). This came to the attention of the Ghana News Agency from observations and information gathered at …

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