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Business News of Sunday, 22 March 2020

Source: Business Ghana

NHIA owes no health facility a year's arrears in Volta Region


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Joseph Homenya, Volta Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has said the Authority was working to ensure that all accredited health facilities were paid their claims on time.

He said the Authority consistently paid claims, and that with the Government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo paying the over GH¢ 1.2 billion arears it inherited, the past two or three years could be described as the "best times" of the NHIS.

Mr Homenya was reacting to a statement by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Region, accusing government of "peddling untruth about NHIS payments".

Mr Homenya said most facilities had been paid up to July 2019, and that none had claims accumulated for a year.

"If we owe any facility, it should be in the range of four months. We even made some payments last week", he said.

The Director said the Authority remained committed to effective health delivery in the Region, and called on all to exercise restraint as Government worked round the clock to resource health facilities.

The NDC in their statement said, the majority of NHIS accredited facilities in the Region had since January 2019, not been paid their claims, leaving them under resourced to deliver crucial services especially during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"We can say on authority that upon our investigations, the President and the Finance Minister peddled serious untruth to Ghanaians, because majority of accredited NHIS facilities in the Volta Region have not been paid by the Government since January 2019 to date as claimed", the statement signed by Kafui Agleze, Regional Communications Officer and copied to the Ghana News Agency said.

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