Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has called on all stakeholders to help the government to address the discrepancies in the country's doctor-to-patient ratio.
The Vice President said
Addressing the opening session of the 60th annual general conference of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in Koforidua last Friday,
However, he stated, infrastructure alone could not deliver health care, saying that it required that health professionals and medical practitioners met the government
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Touching on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Vice President said the NHIS, which was a beneficial social intervention initiative and a major poverty alleviation tool, was on the brink of collapse in early 2017 when the government came to office.
He said the NHIS had suffered great neglect and blatant mismanagement and that the government inherited a suffocating debt of about GH¢1.2 billion with service providers threatening to revert to the cash and carry policy.
However, he said, with prudent management in the last 21 months, debt owed from 2014 to 2017 had been cleared and the government was on course to meet its obligations to service providers in 2018.
He commended the GMA for being prominent and influential in the health administration and healthcare delivery in Ghana through numerous initiatives and interventions in its 60 years of existence.
The Minister of Health,
He said currently, the ministry had embarked on measures, including the introduction of the e-receipt and e-renewal, to ensure the sustainability of the NHIS.
He further indicated that the NHIS had been granted prosecutorial powers by the Attorney General’s Department to address some fundamental issues confronting the scheme.
The President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA),
He, therefore, called on the government and other major stakeholders to consider introducing incentive packages to attract and retain doctors in deprived areas.
He said the association in its 60 years history had done a lot to shape the health landscape of the country through annual public lectures and general conferences.
The Eastern Regional Minister,