• The Corporate Affairs Directorate of the NHIA, says, in advanced countries, where universal health coverage is achieved, the equivalent of National Health Service (NHS) as pertains for the UK of PhiHealth for the Philippines will cover all expenses for COVID-19 related treatments albeit with additional emergency funding from Government.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has issued a press release to explain the reason it donated an amount of 250,000GHS to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
The NHIA has been severely criticize after donating to the trust fund which is to help fight against the deadly COVID-19 that has claimed 9 lives in the country and over 1,100 persons infected.
In the statement issued by the Corporate Affairs Directorate, it says, in advanced countries,
where universal health coverage is achieved, the equivalent of National Health Service (NHS)
as pertains for the UK of PhiHealth for the Philippines will cover all expenses for COVID-19 related treatments albeit with additional emergency funding from Government.
The NHIS further added the donation is a way of demonstrating good corporate citizenship and enhancement of health infrastructure to fight the invisible enemy.
The Authority re-assured the general public & service providers that membership and cliams payment remain the core function of the NHIA
"The NHIA’s donation of GHS250,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, though significant, represents less than 5% of the entire Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Budget for 2020. Indeed, it is equivalent to 0.06% of funds paid in claims this year, which amounts to approximately GHS400 Million to healthcare providers as claims reimbursement,” the statement added.
The National Health Insurance ACT, 2012 (ACT 852) Section 40 further details the objective of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
“Section 40 (2 c & d) states, amongst others, that the NHIF is to facilitate the provision of or access to health care services and to invest in any other facilitating programme to promote access to health service. Furthermore, the NHIS was set up as a solidarity system to make public healthcare affordable. Public healthcare support includes payments for vaccines, immunisation, and malaria prevention amongst others. In light of this, it was deemed appropriate to support COVID-19 efforts by the government. This does not, in any way, relegate the payment of claims to the background",the statement read.
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