President John Mahama has mounted a spirited defense for the National health insurance scheme insisting that the scheme is stronger than ever.

He said contrary to wide spread reports that the insurance scheme is redundant President Mahama says the evidence is to the contrary.

“In 2008 the number of visits made by patients holding NHIA cards were 9.3 million In 2014 this figure rose to 29.6 million the number of hospital visits by people holding NHIS cards."

The president said he cannot understand the notion that the scheme has collpased. He said more people are being treated "today than ever have been treated in history."

But users of the scheme continue to assert that there may be a huge number of people of the scheme now but the quality of health care delivery subscribers to the scheme get is nothing to write home about.

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.

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.

The president says over 20 million people have access to the scheme.