President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his government has yielded positive results in their efforts to resuscitate the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
President Akufo-Addo indicated that debts owed by the scheme have been paid and it “has been brought back to life”.
Delivering the 2019 State of the Nation Address in Parliament, stressed that even renewal of membership has seen a tremendous increase.
"In May 2018, Ghana won accolades at the World Health Assembly for having eradicated Trachoma, an eye disease that has plagued us for a long time. Today, our NHIS is buoyant".
He added: "Government has paid up the GH¢1.2 billion arrears we inherited, and brought the operations of the NHIS back to life. On 19th December, 2018, the introduction of mobile renewal of membership was launched. Since then, there have been, on average, seventy thousand (70,000) members renewing their membership every week, by dialling *929# on any mobile phone network".
He, therefore, commended Dr Samuel Annor for his brief but impactful administration.
"We have to thank Dr. Samuel Annor’s brief, but productive stewardship as CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority for that. I wish him well in his retirement".
President Akufo-Addo also announced that plans are far advanced to have Ghanaians renew membership of the NHIS with their Ghana Cards.