Communications Manager for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Barimah Sarpong, has confirmed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the firms has received an amount of GHc1.139 billion from government to pay outstanding arrears.
He explained to Kwame Tutu today [Tuesday] that amount was used to pay arrears from January to September 2016 adding, we will soon be paying the arrears for October, November and December 2016.
‘’We have used what we received to pay arrears for 2016 (January-September) and we will soon be paying the remaining three months (October-December),’’ he added.
On those who have not received payments for 2016, he said, ''that could be a peculiar situation and we would have to look into that situation and find out reasons for that perculiar situation.''
He admonished those who not received the payment to notify the scheme for the anomaly to be corrected.
President Akufo-Addo has revealed that his administration has managed to pay GHc 1 billion out of the total GHc1.2 billion debt left by the previous government.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “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.
As a result, “the Scheme is regaining its effectiveness, so that for a minimum amount, subscribers can have access to a wide range of medical services.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 21st April, 2018, when he delivered the keynote speech at the London School of Economics’ Africa Summit, on the theme “Africa at Work: Educated, Employed, Empowered.”