A private health facility, C4C Homeopathic Hospital, has launched a health insurance scheme to make homeopathic treatment easily accessible to the public. The scheme is aimed at encouraging the public to adopt the homeopathic system of treatment for all kinds of ailments at no cost.
Those registered with the scheme will benefit from services such as free laboratory and scanning, physiotherapy, consultation and free card for one year, after which the subscription could be renewed.
Additionally, 50 per cent of the cost of medications, which are all homeopathic medicines, will be borne by the hospital.
Already, more than 2,000 people have been enrolled onto the scheme in all the eight branches of the hospital in different parts of the country since it started in December 2016.
The launch was jointly performed by the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Birender Singh; the Registrar of the Traditional Medicine and Alternative Practice Council (TMAPC) of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Togbe Yaka III, and the President of the C4C Group of Companies, the mother company of the C4C Homeopathic Hospital, Dr Michael Kojo Kyeremateng, in Accra last Friday.
In his address, Mr Singh said India and other Asian countries had embraced alternative medicine and homeopathic treatment due to their enormous benefits.
He said, for instance, that the Indian government had devoted a lot of resources towards homeopathic treatment, adding that, “More than 10 per cent of the citizens are documented to be using homeopathic treatment.”
Togbe Yaka commended the management of the hospital for rolling out the programme and encouraged the public to take advantage of it.
The Member of Parliament for Adentan, Mr Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, also commended the hospital, noting that the insurance scheme was a laudable initiative which needed to be encouraged.
Benefits for underprivileged
Dr Kyeremateng stated that the beauty of the scheme was that children below 18 and the aged above 85 would pay much less than the original fee.
According to him, the insurance policy had been rolled out as part of measures to encourage regular check-ups among Ghanaians.
“The health of Ghanaians is paramount and this scheme will encourage people to come for regular check-ups,” he said.
Dr Kyeremateng appealed to the government to set up desks at the MoH and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to be responsible for homeopathy health care to show its commitment to homeopathy.
He expressed frustration at the huge cost of registering each homeopathic medicine at the FDA, stating that that accounted for the high cost of treatment.
“One homeopathic medicine could be registered at a cost of more than $3,000 and that is a huge cost to practitioners,” he said.