Arrears NHIA to pay claims of health service providers by Jan. 15

This follows threats by the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) to suspend services to patients in the country.

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The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has said it will pay claims of health service providers by Friday January 15, 2016.

This follows threats by the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) to suspend services to patients in the country.

RELATED: HISPAG to suspend services over outstanding claims

According to HISPAG, the recent investigation into NHIA activities by the BNI has delayed payment of their claims.

But, NHIA Communications Manager for the Greater Accra Region, Selorm Adornoo has told Accra-based Joy FM, the Authority is ready to pay the outstanding claims.

“What will happen this time round is that the claims we make will be to facilities which are in good standing, I mean service providers who have active valid credentials or accreditation status with the NHIA or those whose applications have already been submitted for renewal,” he said.

 “We just want to ensure that our systems are a bit more stringent now. We just want to ensure that our service providers take a bit seriously the systems we have established as NHIA,” Mr. Adornoo added.

The BNI began investigations into NHIA activities some six months ago at the instance of President John Mahama.

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According to the BNI, some medical facilities have been falsifying documents and submitting bloated claims to the NHIA.

In some cases, officials of such medical facilities colluded with officials of the NHIA to defraud the authority.

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