• “I disagree with that. I know it’s a judgement call. I listened to the gentleman from NHIA and he made it clear that this was funding from a separate source in terms of what they could use the money for.
Former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia has chastised the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) for donating GH₵250,000 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
The donation to the Fund has sparked outrage on social media with many taking the view that the sum donated can rather be channelled into improving the financial position of NHIS service providers.
On their part, the service providers say the NHIA’s move is misplaced as it is yet to pay them their claims, some of which have not been paid since February 2019.
The President of the Private Health Facilities Association of Ghana, Samuel Boakye Donkor said the NHIA’s conduct is “bad and painful,” since that money could have been used to pay them.
Speaking on Breakfast Daily on Citi TV, Alex Segbefia, said the decision to donate was a bad one.
“I disagree with that. I know it’s a judgement call. I listened to the gentleman from NHIA and he made it clear that this was funding from a separate source in terms of what they could use the money for.
But in terms of judgement call, I think it’s a bad judgement call. If you are in the health sector, already because all the funds should be going to help the health sector and the NHIA is part of the health sector, they do not need to be contributing to this fund. Very importantly, they look at the issues from a nationals perspective,” he remarked.
Credit to Source: Citi News Room