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Regional News of Friday, 31 January 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

We have no hand in demo against capitation - HISPAG

The Health Insurance Service Providers of Ghana (HISPAG) in the Ashanti Region has distanced itself from an announced demonstration against the health insurance capitation in the region on Thursday.

Kumasi based Kessben FM announced an intended demonstration against health insurance capitation to get the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to withdraw it.

The capitation is a payment mechanism under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and it has been piloted in the Ashanti Region for two years.

The Chief Executive Officer of HISPAG, Frank Richard Torblu told Citi News, the association is in talks with the NHIA to resolve all outstanding issues.

He was of the opinion that the planned demonstration is unwarranted since there are ongoing negotiations between the NHIA and stakeholders.

Mr. Torblu clarified that members of his group “are not involved and we actually do not know those who are going on the demonstration…and demonstration is the last issue we will be thinking about.”

According to him, health providers in the region have not decided to embark on any demonstration.

He revealed that his outfit has begun a negotiation process “and we believe that it is the right way to go” and expressed the hope that issues surrounding the capitation will be resolved.”

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