Mrs. Vivian Addo Kobea, the deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has urged Private Healthcare Providers to exercise restraints as the Authority puts measures in place to settle their arrears from Friday, August 9, 2019.
She noted that the management is working so hard to ensure their arrears, dating back 2018, are paid to them.
Mrs. Addo Kobea also urged the providers to withdraw their threats.
Speaking to Agya Owusu Ansah on Otec FM’s hottest afternoon political program ‘Dwabrem’ on Tuesday, Mrs. Vivian Addo Kobea on 6th August, 2019 indicated that the providers’ press conference was even late since the authority has already made arrangements of settling their arrears by Friday 6 of August this year.
“As I am speaking to you now, we are fervently working behind the clock in ensuring that the claims are paid, starting tomorrow, but I can assure that every provider’s account will be hit by Friday. The whole issue is lack of communication between the two stakeholders because I know if they know what we are doing behind the scenes they would not have held the press conference .”
The Private Healthcare Providers in a press confab held in Kumasi on Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 has given the two weeks ultimatum to settle their unpaid claims else they will withdraw their services.
According to them, the current NHIA claims indebtedness is more than one year and providers have submitted claims from 2018 and 2019 and situation is so bad that some facilities have not been able to pay staff for some months.
They added that, due to lack of funds, they are unable to honor their statutory obligation like SSNIT payment for their staffs.
Explaining further on why the claims have delayed, Mrs. Addo Kobea claimed that the authority has to meticulously investigate the claims before payments are made.
She told Agya Owusu that Ghanaians should be rest assured the government is committed of making the scheme viable to improve the quality healthcare delivery of the country.