The World Health Organization (WHO) has admonished the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to expand its benefits package to cover kidney diseases.
Country Director Dr. Francis Chisaka Kasolo, who made the call said when this is done, it will bring down the cost of dialysis.
He said it was important for authorities to consider this to help reduce the cost of treatment for kidney patients.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an event in Accra, Dr. Kasolo said “If our health insurance is strong, it can mitigate the cost of renal treatment services if it is included in the benefits package. This would have mitigated the out-of-pocket expenditures that we are beginning to see increase, and if that works, then we would have solved part of the problem of increasing out-of-pocket expenditure that we see with the dialysis cost.”
In a related event, several kidney sufferers have asked the government to take steps to cut the cost of dialysis.
Patients complained about the high expense of treatment to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
Several of them stated that the situation has caused them financial hardship.