Whose report do we believe? We don’t owe you – NHIA to Pharmaceutical companies
- GHS800m NHIS claims paid. Public Relations officer for NHIA Barimah Sarpong claims
- The Association’s concerns come weeks after the NHIA made a donation of GH₵250,000 towards the National COVID-19 Trust Fund.
- GHS800m has been fully paid
- Executive Secretary of the Association, Lucia Addae claims they have been owed for Five years.
- (NHIA) has refuted claims that it is indebted to pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers
|The media has been gassed with voracious attacks on the credibility and integrity of the NHIA which is said to be indebeted to Pharmaceutical companies to a tune of GHS300 million.
What emanated has a result of a good will by NHIS towards the plight of Ghana to contain the outbreak of COVID19 led to shots been fired from the camp of The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana questioning the ethics of the former.
The Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana this week threatened to withdraw supplies to the regional medical stores and the health facilities funded by the NHIA if they fail to honour their indebtedness to members by the 1st of July this year.
In a letter to the Ministry of Health, the group indicated that the failure to honour the indebtedness could force the Pharmaceutical companies to “initiate supplies to the service providers in question, based on bank guarantees or cash-and-carry as a mode of payment.”
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in an effort to dissuade eye brows rising in judgement has refuted claims that the NHIS is indebted to pharmaceutical manufacturers following emerging reports on the matter.
But in response to the issue, Public Relations officer for NHIA Barimah Sarpong told Class News’ Blessed Sogah that:
“It may be wrong for anybody to assume that this debt is as a result of NHIS inability to pay claims to its providers and I say this because, in the year 2019 alone, NHIS paid GHS800 million to its service providers but that aside, if you consider the amount of money that we have paid in this year alone, over the last five or six months in 2020, that is January to June of 2020, NHIS has paid GHS687 million.
"What this means is that if 45 percent of this amount alone should go into the payment of medical supplies and 45 percent of GHS687 million should be more than GHS300 million that we are talking about here.”
In addition to that “Our difficulty in this whole situation is that we don’t control the purse of service providers. So, if we pay service providers, it is not within our mandate to tell them that go and pay your suppliers, including the pharmaceutical companies, or go and use their money for ABCD. So, we are only encouraging our service providers to pay their suppliers, including these pharmaceutical companies, as and when we pay them. AS for NHIA, we are very much committed to paying our claim”.
The Association’s concerns come weeks after the National Health Insurance Authority made a donation of GH₵250,000 towards the government’s National COVID-19 Trust Fund.
|The move by the NHIA was however intensely criticised by some persons who suggested that the NHIA’s high indebtedness to health service providers across the country should be a priority, rather than making such a donation.