Ministerial Appointees We will address NHIS challenges in 6 months – Kweku Agyeman Manu

During his campaign ahead of the 2016 elections, President Akufo-Addo promised to revive the National Health Insurance Scheme which he said was collapsing.

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The Minister of Health designate, Kweku Agyeman Manu has said that he will revive the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the first six months after he assumes office.

Manu was nominated by President Akufo-Addo as his Minister of health. Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM Manu said he can only do this if the government invests enough funds into the NHIS to help address its current challenges.

“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.”

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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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During his campaign ahead of the 2016 elections, President Akufo-Addo promised to revive the scheme which he said was collapsing.

Many Ghanaians have complained about the inefficiencies in the NHIS. Some of these include the timeliness of paying claims to the accredited health facilities and the time it takes for subscribers of the scheme to be attended to when they visit the hospital.

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