Private Health Facilities Threaten To Boycott NHIS slServices Over Non Payment
The Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana is is demanding that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) pays claims owed to its members. Association says the last time its members received reimbursement of funds under NHIS was in February 2021, a situation members say is affecting their finances. According to
the group, the delay in payments to healthcare service providers has resulted in their inability to also procure medical and nonmedical consumables like drugs, PPE, and disinfectants amongst others. The President of the Private Health Facilities Association, Mr Samuel Okyere Donkor, says all engagements with the NHIA to demand
reimbursement of the monies have not yielded positive results. We don’t manufacture drugs so manufacturers are saying if we don’t bring money, they will not supply us. We don’t have anything to work with. We, the private health facilities, pay our own bills, salaries, and all that. Some of us owe our staff for about three months and
some of them have also threatened to take us to court, others too are threatening a demonstration. Things are getting worse and the government must pay us so that we can pay our staff and pay our bills, he said. He also added that private health facilities across the country will be forced to shut down their facilities as a result of
the delay in payment of the facility. It has set November 5, 2021, as the ultimatum too for the government to pay them their monies. This decision] too is going to affect everyone, especially the poor and those in the villages. We can’t continue like this because we are suffering, he added.