Politics of Monday, 29 October 2012

Source: myjoyonline

NPP to increase NHIS coverage to 18 million by 2013

The New Patriotic Party (NPP)has promised to increase NHIS coverage to eighteen million Ghanaians by their first term in office should they win the December 7 elections.

NPP Ranking Member on health, Dr. Richard Anane made this disclosure on the maiden edition of Manifesto digest, a Joy News Election Headquarters program, which gauges the election promises as bare as they are and mark it against the records and subject them to a truth test.

Other high level guests on the show including Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority Sylvester Mensah, said the NDC would hold a stakeholder meeting aimed at facilitating the one term premium promised Ghanaians.

In the run up to the 2008 elections, the party promised to implement a one term NHIS premium. When pushed by host Jeniffer-Jayne Asante to concede that the NDC had failed on its one term premium promise, Sylvester Mensah refused to concede and said the one term premium faced challenges, which doesn't mean government has no intention of honouring its promises.

With a few weeks to this year's election, it is obvious the NDC might have to change its position on the one term premium, but Sylvester Mensah would not be drawn into such debates as he insisted, a decision would be taken after the stakeholders meeting.

Prof. Agyemang Badu-Akosa, CPP Shadow Minister for Health advocated compulsory NHIS premium for every citizen in the country.

Manifesto digest is a weekly Election Headquarters programme which airs every Sunday at 6:30pm on Joynews, on MultiTV.