Private Health Facilities Threaten To Fold Up If Debts Not Cleared

Managers of private health facilities say they will soon fold up if government fails to pay health insurance claims of over a year.

They indicate many of them are going through difficulty because government has failed to settle four months arrears for 2016 and nine months for last year.

Besides, utility service providers chasing and prosecuting them for non-payment of bills, the situation has compelled them to lay off some of its workers.

Chief Executive of Saint Luke’s Hospital at Asamankese, Samuel Boakye Donkor, says he can no longer bear the stress.

He said, “Our problem is that the government doesn’t pay us..the work that we do, we work under the health insurance. This government has paid only four months and the rest they have stopped.”

According to Samuel Boakye Donkor, the National Health Insurance Authority cleared only the first four months of last year’s debt leaving claims from May till date unsettled.

Authorities say they are cash strapped and unable to render proper service to patients besides facing threats of legal action from suppliers and other creditors. While government claims it is has settled a chunk of NHIA debt to service providers, private health service providers reveal contrary situation.

Mr. donkor described the claims by authorities as lies saying, “Is amazing how some politicians say they have paid us some money, they haven’t paid us anything. If they have paid then we in Asamankese haven’t received anything so whoever they paid the money to should be asked.”

He claims the government is out to sabotage the private practitioners and clinics. He explains various mechanisms which have been put in place to run the businesses down.

“Government wants to sabotage all private clinics and hospitals. When we go to medical stores they tell us that Government said we that, we are private practitioners and are not entitled to certain government benefits. But what is painful is that we all provide the same services under the National health insurance. People don’t come here anymore because we don’t have any drugs.. All we have are emergency drugs that’s all.”


Source: Ghana/

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