The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in collaboration with the National Identification Authority (NIA) is determined to make it possible for all residents in Ghana to use one card for healthcare access.
The NHIA has therefore intensified its campaigns and encouraged holders of the NHIS and Ghana cards to merge the two in line with the “One nation, one card for healthcare service,” agenda.
The NHIA urges those who are yet to do the merger to still use their NHIS cards for healthcare service, as it work towards replacing the NHIS cards with the Ghana card for accessing healthcare.
The NHIA is mindful that those under 15 years are yet to receive a Ghana card for which reason there are exemptions to make sure that no vulnerable person is left behind, including pregnant women.
Plans are far advanced to make it possible for all Ghana Card holders to do self-registration onto the NHIS database, instead of visiting the district offices for the same service.
As it continues to impact people’s health seeking behaviour, the NHIS is on course to deliver its ambitious target of providing access to quality and affordable health care services, to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2030.
Speaking an the NHIA's mid-year review meeting in Kumasi on Thursday (September 16), the Ashanti Regional Director of the NHIA, Mr Kwadwo Tweneboa-Kodua said linking NHIS cards to the Ghana Card would save the authority the cost of printing its own biometric ID cards.
"In line with the government's agenda on digitisation, the NHIA has deployed a number of digital solutions to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in its service delivery to all Ghanaians.
"I would, therefore, challenge management and staff of NHIA district offices to intensify education on the use of the mobile renewal service code of *929#, so that NHIS members can easily renew their membership at their convenience and comfort," Mr Tweneboa-Kodua said.
He called on healthcare providers to be educated to renew their credentialing, using the online credentialing portal, while taking advantage of the "claim-it" electronic platform to submit their claims for reimbursement.
Mr Tweneboa-Kodua told the meeting that in spite of the biting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ashanti Region had made some strides in terms of the registration of NHIS members and the payment of claims to healthcare providers.
He said by the close of June this year, the region had an active membership of 2,429,586, which represented about 73 per cent of its over three million population.
"As of now, healthcare providers in the Ashanti Region have been paid their NHIS claims up to the end of March this year,” he added.