Yaa Pokua Baiden (middle) addressing the congregation
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) continues to play a pivotal role in the health care delivery system in the country, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Yaa Pokua Baiden, has said.
She noted that the Authority provides financial risk protection against the cost of quality basic health, “So we as an organisation, what we will do in helping to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), is making sure that we encourage Ghanaians to register with the NHIS.”
Mrs. Pokua-Baiden was speaking at a church service to climax the health insurance week celebration of the NHIS in Takoradi.
During the health insurance week celebration, officials of the NHIS went to various communities and churches within the region to register new members and renew membership of those whose membership has expired.
“It behooves us to make sure that we educate the public for them to know that in other to access basic quality health care, you need to have an active NHIS card,” she said.
She added that the NHIS provides generous benefit packages such as the Out Patient Department service; both specialist and general; inpatient service; specialist and general, as well as pay for maternity services and dental services among others.
“We are urging that, whoever had not registered for the NHIS, should register with us because, it is mandatory by Act 852. Those whose membership has expired, are being given the opportunity to renew their membership by just dialing *929# on all networks or visit any of our offices,” she pointed out.
She promised that the NHIS staff would go to the various offices across the country in all the 16 regions and over 166 district offices to register people.
Western Regional Director for NHIA, Emmanuel Winfred Okyere, advised the public, particularly those who had the notion that they would get sick only when they go and register for the NHIS.
He rather encouraged the public to go and register in order for them to access basic quality health care services.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi