Pharmaceuticals give gov’t notice on NHIS supply

The Ghana Chamber of Pharmacy has notified the government that it will cut the supply of drugs to health facilities that rely on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The NHIS was set up to abolish the ‘cash and carry system’ of health delivery that made it impossible for an individual to access health care after initial payments for the services have been made.

Earlier this month the Christian Health Association (CHAG) withdrew services to subscribers of the NHIS because managers of the scheme are indebted to mission hospitals in excess of GHc 50 million.

The service providers say the NHIA owes them in excess of seven months service to NHIS clients and are struggling to raise the needed funds to pay for pharmaceutical supplies.

Meanwhile, health NGO Universal Access to Healthcare Campaign is talking to government to save the NHIS from collapse.