Human Rights Organization, Integrated Development and Empowerment Centre (IDEC-Ghana) is asking all National Health Insurance Card holders who are turned away at various health facilities to consider suing the NHIA.
[contextly_sidebar id=”s7dKJFQcjAfl7nVCPq7kIZx2Oeni69n7″]The advice comes on the back of plans by the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners to turn away NHIS cardholders following arrears owed them by the National Health Insurance Authority.
Speaking to Citi News, Executive Director of IDEC-Ghana, Samuel Agbotsey says, card holders should seek redress in court when turned away by suing the National Health Insurance Authority.
“There is an agreement between the NHIA and the subscribers and the agreement is that under the National Health Insurance Act, you will pay a premium agreed to by Parliament of Ghana and that you will be provided with a national health insurance card and some health facilities will be accredited to provide services under the National Health Insurance.”
Samuel Agbotsey argued that “if this client shows up at the health facility for treatment and he is turned away not because his card has expired, the client has the right to go to court for explanation.”
“I don’t think it is the responsibility of the subscriber to ask whether they have been paid or not, that is not the work of the subscriber. Clients have also signed an agreement with the National Health Insurance Authority and the insurance authority will have to explain to the client why he went to the hospital and the services could not be provided,” he insisted.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana