NHIS I dare not reveal new ideas; Mahama will steal them - Nana Addo

The scheme over the years has been hit with a lot of challenges with health service providers threatening on several occasions not to attend to subscribers because they have not been paid their claims.

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The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has said he will not reveal ideas on how to bring back to life what he calls the ailing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for fears that President John Mahama will steal them.

“I dare not say them in public, because if I do, tomorrow, Mahama will take them as his own. Every time I open my mouth to say something, the next day he parrots it. So I have to be careful,” the NPP flag bearer said.

The scheme over the years has been hit with a lot of challenges with health service providers threatening on several occasions not to attend to subscribers because they have not been paid their claims.

READ ALSO: 'Tottering NHIS' will gather steam under NPP gov't - Kufuor

In some cases, service providers have threatened to return to the days where health care service will only be delivered after patients have paid for the services.

But, speaking at an NPP fundraising event in Hartford, Akufo-Addo said: “We [the NPP] will pay a lot of attention to revitalizing the NHIS. It is important that we do so, and find sustainable methods of making sure that the financing of the scheme is secure,” Nana Addo added.

READ ALSO: The importance of NHIS to Ghana as a nation

The NPP flag bearer, meanwhile, accused the Mahama-led administration of copying NPP’s policies including the free SHS concept.

He said: “We have not retreated from the policy of including secondary education a part of basic education. We are committed to making access as widely as possible by making it free for children in our public school system. It continues to be extremely important for the development of the country.”

Nana Akufo-Addo further assured that his government would ensure “a new direction for the people of Ghana. We will do it not for ourselves but for the current and future generations that are coming. We are going into office not to fill our pockets, but to provide service and leadership for our people.”

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