|Ghana’s NHIS Lauded At Global Health Forum|
|Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:57|
In what was widely acknowledged by participants as innovative and a global case study for social health insurance, the Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr. Sylvester A. Mensah, has described funding arrangements and bi-partisan political will for Ghana’s social health financing mechanism as two key strengths of the scheme.
The NHIS is principally funded from 2.5 per cent levy on goods and services and a transfer of 2.5 percentage points of social security contributions.
Speaking as a principal invited guest on the subject, ‘Adaptable lessons from the Ghana NHIS: a global cases study”. At the Global Health 2011 Conference in London, he highlighted the unique and exemplary features of Ghana’s scheme which made it worth emulating, and brought the world’s attention to the goodwill that the scheme enjoys from across the political divide.
The conference, which brought together health policy makers and business leaders across the globe, was jointly organized by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), and was under the theme ‘Policy for sustainable and effective healthcare’.
Mr. Mensah hinted that an NHIS Call Centre would soon be established to readily respond to queries and complaints from stakeholders, particularly subscribers, while a mechanism to link treatment directly to diagnosis, e-claims processing, the establishment of a Health Insurance Institute and the formation of a Stakeholders’ Advisory Committee (SAC) of the scheme were all in the works.
other challenges include means-testing to better identify the poor in the informal sector, constraints in ID card management, how to improve the selection of medicines to ensure value for money, reducing waste in the pharmaceutical supply chain , and pricing of health technologies such as equipment , medicines, vaccines and laboratory regents.
Mr. Mensah also introduced participants to the Health Insurance Value Chain, a framework for securing financial risk protection of the scheme, drawing from his experience as a finance and strategic management professional; adding that broad involvement of stakeholders in the development of NHIS systems was a critical success factor.
source: The Ghanaian Times