Beninois team here to study Ghana’s health insurance scheme

An eight-member Beninois delegation is in the country on a study tour of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

A statement by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) said the high-level delegation made up of the leadership of the Benin’s Health Insurance Agency and health service would be in the country for five days.

The visit by the Beninois team comes days after a similar visit by officials of the Ethiopian health sector.

Mr Nathaniel Otoo, Director of Administration and General Counsel of the NHIA, in welcoming the delegation, said Ghana was happy to share her experiences in health insurance with others on the continent and the world at large.

He said the study visit by the Beninois team would among other things deepen South-South cooperation and provide a forum for knowledge sharing.

According to him, “Africa is on the threshold of making such progress in health insurance and Ghana is happy to be making progress.” Mr Otoo also added that the NHIA is in the process of establishing a Health Insurance Learning Centre together with other countries which would enhance future knowledge sharing experiences.

The Chief Executive of the Benin Health Insurance Agency, Dr Moussa Yarou, thanked the NHIA for the opportunity to understudy Ghana’s Scheme first hand and praised Ghanaians for establishing an innovative scheme.

He said the idea of a sustainable means of financing healthcare delivery in Benin had been on the drawing board since independence.

“This visit is aimed at helping us have real experience of how your system works,” Dr Yarou said.

Whilst in the country, the delegation will hold consultations with officials of the NHIA and be taken on a tour of a number of Mutual Health Insurance Schemes.

The delegation will also visit some NHIS ICT installations and projects, tour the Claims Processing Centre, some health insurance schemes and the NHIS Call Centre. They will also pay a courtesy call on the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service.

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