Health Insurance NHIS Tariffs go up by 27%

Health Service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will from March 1, 2016 enjoy an upward price review of between 24% and 27.5%.

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Health Service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will from March 1, 2016 enjoy an upward price review of between 24% and 27.5%.

According to the National Health Authority, prices of medicines on the NHIS list will go up by 24% while services will increase by 27.7%.

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The Deputy Director of Communications of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Selorm Adonoo has told that the increment is due to concerns from health service providers that cost of health care has increased.

"Providers have been saying that cost of medicines are high; cost of providing care is also up. And when people go to the hospitals, they are made to top up because somebody has to pay for the difference. So with this, we would have bridged the gap and ensured that our people are made happier," he added.

He explained that "when the tariffs are raised, it doesn't mean that consumers are going to pay. It means NHIA is going to pay the hospitals more."

Service providers under the scheme have over the years complained that the fees paid them by the NHIA did not reflect market realities.

The last time the authority witnessed any tariff adjustments was in 2014.

But with this recent adjustment, it is expected that health care institutions would have some sort of relief in their duties.

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