Healthcare Delivery in Western Region Threatened
Takoradi, Feb. 25, GNA -The Western Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has warned that it would cease providing services to clients of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) if the Authority did not settle its outstanding debts immediately.
Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, Western Regional Health Director, pointed out that about 95 percent of their clients were NHIS card holders, therefore, the failure by the NHIA to immediately reimburse claims of service providers would pose serious challenges to healthcare services in the Region.
He made this known at the Annual Performance Review Meeting of the Ghana Health Service in Takoradi, to take stock of the year under review, as well as assess their challenges and achievements and chart the way forward.
The event, which was held on the theme, “Improving Data to facilitate the Achievement of Health- related Millennium Development Goals”, brought together health professionals and key stakeholders in the health sector from the 22 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the Region.
Dr. Tinkorang indicated that the NHIA had paid claims of health service providers in the Region for up to June 2014, and warned that if the NHIA did not pay the remaining amount in earnest, it would ground health services to a halt.