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General News of Saturday, 28 April 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

NHIS debt saga: Summon Health Minister before Parliament - Nana Akomea urges Minority

A member of the New Patriotic Party is urging the Minority to summon the Health Minister and the head of the National Health Insurance Scheme to Parliament to resolve what has been a huge controversy over payment of debt.

Nana Akomea said the ongoing claims and counterclaims over whether the current government has paid the NHIS debts it inherited from the previous government is unhealthy.

“By now the minority should have filed an urgent question in Parliament for the minister and the NHIS head,” he indicated.

He was speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile, Saturday on the ongoing controversy over the debt situation of the NHIS.

The president triggered the controversy with a claim that his government has paid one billion cedis of the 1.2 billion cedis NHIS debt it inherited from the erstwhile NDC government.

The president, in delivering a keynote address at the London School of Economics Africa Summit last week stated: “…of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.”

Few days after his revelation, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia also repeated same at the 2018 health summit organized by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the World Health Organisation.

The Vice President said the amount paid represents 98% of the total debt paid.

Shortly after the revelations, a number of health service providers started bickering over non-payment of arrears.

Some of them claimed for over 15 months the government was yet to pay its indebtedness to them.

Some of them threatened to revert to the dreaded cash and carry system.