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Health News of Thursday, 7 May 2015

Source: GNA

NHIA rolls-out capitation in Volta Region

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has commenced the training of enrolment officers in the Volta Region as part of the implementation process of the capitation payment system.

A statement issued by Mr Charles Agbesi, Regional Public Relations Officer-NHIA said the authority has organised sensitisation drive to educate the people ahead of the enrolment.

It said the Volta, Upper-West and Upper-East regions are the three regions benefiting from the first face of the nationwide scale up after the pilot in the Ashanti region in 2012.

The statement said the roll-out process which started since February last year involved stakeholder engagements in the region with health service providers, staff from district health directorates and other major players in the industry.

It said other workshops are done for some key officers from health provider institutions, district health directors and administrators and health information on capitation and facility mapping.

“These were done to adequately prepare all stakeholders in the region ensure successful roll-out in the region,” it added.

It said health insurance users were educated on the type of disease conditions that are going to be paid for under the capitation.

The statement said through all the community durbars organised traditional rulers have called on their subjects and health managers in the region to support the NHIA and government to fast-track the implementation of capitation in Volta.

It said the authority has also raised funds for the payment of four months arrears to service providers in the region.

Capitation is a provider payment method under which an advance of a pre-determined fixed rate is paid to health service providers to provide a defined set of services for each NHIS subscriber enrolled with the preferred primary provider) for a fixed period of time.

This payment method was introduced in 2012 as a pilot and currently being scaled up across the country.