Health Service in Ghana NHIS owes drug suppliers GHC1.2 billion

In a newspaper interview, Yaw Opare-Asamoah noted that the outstanding debt is crippling the pharmaceutical industry, adding that the development could lead to the era of “cash and carry.”

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The National Health Insurance Scheme owes local drug suppliers GHC1.2 billion, the Managing Director of Dannex Limited, one of leading pharmaceutical companies, has said.

In a newspaper interview, Yaw Opare-Asamoah noted that the outstanding debt is crippling the pharmaceutical industry, adding that the development could lead to the era of “cash and carry.”

READ MORE: We will address NHIS challenges in 6 months – Kweku Agyeman Manu

“The National Health Insurance Scheme/ Authority is one of the things that is a major challenge facing drug supply in Ghana. They owe suppliers between ¢900m and ¢1.2billion,” he told the Business and Financial Times Newspaper (B&FT).

“If there is no solution to this, it has the tendency of crippling the industry or supply in the country, because the National Health Insurance has to pay the facilities; the hospitals and the polyclinics”, he said.

“Payments which were due in the second quarter of last year is still outstanding, and we take money from the banks to work so if they owe us more than about a year, it is very worrying”, he said.

The NHIS has come under stress owing to lack of dedicated sources of financing.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has pledged to commit Ghana’s oil earnings into funding it.

READ MORE: I will make NHIS work again - Agyeman-Manu

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Kweku Agyeman Manu has said that he will revive the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) within six months.

“Within the shortest possible time we will solve the problems but like all of them will be based on how much money is provided for us to do what we think should be done. I have told some of my colleagues that within the next six months if we are not able to invest into the health insurance area for people to begin to see elements of something new happening in that sector, my party and my government will be in trouble.”

Kweku Agyeman Manu who once acted as Chief Executive of NHIS said his past experience there will help him develop the scheme.

“I have been the chief executive of health insurance once before, though a short and very limited time—about four or five months so I know what is in there and I know what we are going to do in there. 

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