Upper West Regional Operations Officer for NHIA Urges all in the Region to Embrace 1% Proposed Increment in the NHIS Levy

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The Upper West Regional Operations Manager for the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Mr. Samuel Lobber Lekamwe has urged all in the region to embrace the proposed one 1% increment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) levy.

The management of the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS], has proposed to increase the National Health Insurance Levy from 2.5% to 3.5% of VAT.

The increment will help to address some of the teething challenges that have for so long bedeviled the Scheme.

The Regional Operations Manager in an interview with Progress News indicated that the 1% proposed increment was properly thought through and urged all in the region to embrace the move.

He said the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has held broader consultations with some stakeholders across the country on the proposal to increase the levy by a percentage to be able to sustain the Scheme.

He said the NHIA will continue to dialogue and engage all in the country to accept the proposed 1% increment in the National Health Insurance levy.

Meanwhile the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) says the sustainability of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) remains shaky in view of the high level of indebtedness.

Speaking at a media conference on Monday, Mr. Frank Richard Torblu, the Executive Director of HISPAG, said there was the urgent need to delink the scheme from politics and allow the technocrats to find innovative ways to effectively manage and sustain the scheme.
He said this was necessary to win confidence of well-meaning Ghanaians in the scheme.

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