Levy smokers and alcohol drinkers for health insurance - Dr Annor
The National Health Insurance Authority is making a strong case on the need to put a special levy on
tabacco and alcoholic beverages so that the proceeds could be used to finance the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) .
“So we have put together a proposal of a health tax where people who smoke,
“Not as part of budgetary support but into the health fund and be used to look after people when they fall sick,” Dr Annor said.
“We have also spoken about
Dr Samuel Annor made the call when he led the top management of the NHIA to pay a visit to Graphic Communications Group Limited on Monday and to observe the Editorial Conference of the Daily Graphic newspaper.
Accompanying Dr Annor were Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, Deputy CEO in charge of Operations, Mrs Yaa Pokuaa Baiden, Deputy CEO in charge of Administration and Human Resource and Mr Francis Owusu, Deputy CEO in charge of Finance.
Others were Mr Ben Kusi, Director of Membership and Regional Operations, Mr Oswald Esuah-Mensah, Deputy Director of Marketing, Mr Davis Opoku Ansah, Deputy Director at the CEO’s Secretariat and Mr Richard Barima Sarpong, Communications Manager.
Dr Samuel Annor explained the need for Ghana to take a serious look at the financing module of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to prevent it from collapse.
“We have been broke for many years now because of the financing module,” he declared.