“The National Health Insurance Scheme is dead.” This is the verdict of a very senior officer of the National Health Insurance Authority.
“As I speak with you, we don’t have funds to buy ribbons and we don’t have funds to pay service providers. Our situation, which was not really healthy but was manageable last year, has deteriorated in these last few months that NHIA district scheme managers across the country have been instructed to purchase ribbons from the black-market at exorbitant credit for their operations so as to continue to give some semblance of work being done,” the senior NHIA official revealed.
While noting that the directive may seem to create the impression that the Scheme is active, the Senior official expressed the view that the directive is a clear avenue and breeding grounds for corruption and misappropriation to fester.
“What checks and balances have been put in place to monitor what is bought at what price? What are the quality control measures put in place to ensure that inferior ribbons are not purchased for use? The biggest question to ask now is, what happens to the procurement processes and laws which require open and transparent competitive bidding processes? More especially when this government has created a ministry for procurement?” the senior official querried.
The current CEO of NHIA and the Health Minister Mr Kwaku Agyemang Manu are collapsing the NHIS and our healthcare delivery systems in spite of the gargantuan investments that the previous NDC government made n the health sector.
Under President Mahama and NDC government, the health sector was one of the areas which received maximum attention and significant investment in terms of retooling and replacing of obsolete equipment, construction of ultramodern technology-driven facilities across the 10 regions among others.
The backbone or development of every nation on this earth is greatly dependent on the quality of affordable healthcare the citizenry can access. "Unhealthy population is automatically a poor nation and vulnerable nation".