Private healthcare providers of Ghana have resulted to withdraw all their services within two weeks if the government failed to pay their National Health Insurance claims.
According to the providers, government owe them over ten months which is affecting the quality health delivery in the country.
Speaking at a press conference held in Kumasi, the executive member of health care service providers association of Ghana Mr Joseph Christian Amoah, indicated that Ghanaians especially those in the Ashanti region will suffer big time if their services are withdrawn.
“Most of the private health facilities in Ashanti region receive health insurance card to contribute so much in the health delivery” he said
Mr. Anoah noted that they have submitted all their claims from 2018 and 2019 but the government have not paid them.
“We can no longer contract loan from our bankers any more, our creditors are also not giving us some drugs we need, these are some of the challenges we are facing” he said
He disclosed that their situation is very miserable as some facilities have not been able to pay their workers salaries for some months now and others are folding up.
“This is because we rely solely on reimbursement from the NHIA to pay salaries and buy other logistics for the operations”
“We want Authority and government to consider making regular monthly payments to facilities as this will go a long way to ensure a smooth and constant provision of quality health care services,” he said.
Speaking to TVNEWSGHCOM after the press confab, Mr. Amoah acknowledged the fact that the government has been able to pay the arrears left by the previous government and also aware that the current administration is doing so well to improve the health system.
Mr Joseph Christian Amoah added that, due to lack of funds, they are unable to pay their staff SSNIT contribution.
“SSNIT has sent most us to court over this matter and also introduced another tax to be deducted at source which is not helping us” Mr. Amoah said
They therefore called on the government to as a matter of urgency settle their claims as quickly as possible to enable them sustain in the business and continues provide the health services.