Ghana is inching towards a return to the dreaded cash-and-carry-system Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Dr. Frank Serebour has revealed.
According to him hospitals across the country have run into complete bankruptcy due to failure by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to pay claims made by service providers for the last quarter of 2016.
Dr Serebour in an interview with Kwame Tutu on the morning show on Rainbow painted a gloomy picture about how medical facilities have ground to a halt and have been left with no option than to turn away holders of NHIS cards.
The General Secretary of GMA said the issue came up for discussion at the General Council Meeting at Bolgatanga over the weekend.
The GMA had early on issued a statement saying the Authority owed some hospitals as far back as August 2015.
Dr. Frank Serebour explained that the situation has become unbearable for some medical facilities, since they are not able to buy medical supplies to deliver services to clients.
He found it even more intriguing that the NHIS levy, a statutory fund which people automatically pay any time they buy any commodity that has an NHIS levy on it will still be in arrears for several months.
''We are almost back to cash and carry. We cannot fold our arms and watch us go back to cash and carry. We urge government to expedite action to pay all arrears owed these medical facilities. Some patients are not able to pay their bills. Some are still at the hospital because they have not paid their bills. Patients have to by their drugs prescribed for them because the hospitals cannot provide them with the drugs.''