The Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana [HISPAG] has served notice that they have not received funds from government to clear debts owed them.
The Public Relations Officer of the Association, Joseph Christian Amoah, who disclosed this told King Nicholas, host of Penpen on Power 97.9FM, that government’s debt remains the same unlike publications that they have been paid.
HISPAG’s claim comes after President Nana Akufo-Addo the payment of over GH¢ 1 million as debt owed the health insurance providers.
According to the President, who was speaking at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit last Saturday, “of the GH¢1.2 billion debt we inherited, the equivalent of $300 million, we have paid, in the last 15 months, GH¢1 billion, the equivalent of $250 million.”
He added that payments to service providers, since his government took office in January 2017, are current therefore the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, “so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.”
But Mr Amoah stated that the debt government owes the Health Insurance Service Providers remains same, adding “No monies have hit our accounts.”
He would not say the announcement of the president were lies but said government could have waited for the funds to hit the accounts of the health providers before going public on the issue.
“I have information that the debt has been defrayed from June to September 2016. If the president says the debt has been settled, then he should give it to the providers,” he said.
He said the monies had not hit the accounts of the health facilities contrary to what government had announced .
He said because of the huge debts owed the health providers, private health insurance companies are taken over the NHIS because of the perennial delay in payment of the claims by government.
To him, the membership of the NHIS keep declining due to government’s reluctance to settle its debts on time.
“I can tell you that a whole lot facilities are folding up because they don’t have funds to pay their workers. This is because the debts have not been cleared,” he added.