C4C Homeopathic Hospital has launched the first ever Health Insurance Scheme to help promote access to alternative health care in the country.
President of the Hospital, Dr. Michael Kyeremanten speaking at the launch of the scheme explained the 1-year coverage policy covers hospital cards, consultation, lab scan, and physiotherapy.
According to him, homeopathic is saving lives at high quality rate at a cheaper cost and it has been accepted globally as an alternative in the treatment of diseases.
The scheme has over 2, 000 subscribers. Dr. Kyeremanten used the opportunity to appeal to government to appoint practitioners to serve on the FDA board to facilitate the delivery of alternative health care in the country.
He also decried the high charges imposed by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) on the registration of homeopathic drugs.
He said: ’’I will appeal to the new government to consider having a constitution of an alternative medicine practitioner on the FDA board because it is really a problem importing medicine in Ghana especially homeopathic. Registering homeopathic drug goes for $ 3, 600 whereas other drugs including orthodox go for $ 100.’’
He added: ‘’…I see this as nobody representing the interest of alternative medicine on that board.’’
He stressed “Once we get someone to represent the interest of alternative medicine on the food and drugs board, it will go a long way to help…These are areas that I think the government should look at.
The introduction of the health insurance he noted will also open the gate way for everybody to access homeopathic.
The hospital is in seven regions out the 10 regions in Ghana.
He said the Indian government has invested heavily in the sector and it will therefore be prudent for government of Ghana to learn from the Indian example.
The Indian government is really making a lot when it comes to this sector and I believe that if the government looks at this area, it will be helpful,” he said.
C4C Homeopathic Hospital he revealed is collaborating with India and other countries to ensure that the scheme is sustained.