By Lawrence Manu Gyan
The National Health Insurance Authority, NHIA in the Bono Region, has achieved the WHO’s Universal Health Coverage target of 80 percent population, ahead of schedule.
This was revealed by the Bono Regional Director of NHIA, Joseph Mensah, when he addressed the 2021 Annual Review Meeting of the NHIA in Sunyani. He attributed the impressive performance since 2020, to the determination of management and staff of the NHIA to improve the operations of the Scheme in the Region.
The meeting which brought together management and staff of the NHIA within the Bono Region was aimed at assessing the performance of the Authority in 2021. It was also to deliberate on how it can improve on its operations. In a presentation, the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation officer of the NHIA, Muhammed Bugumah disclosed that 2020 and 2021 recorded the best performance in achieving the target of the Universal Health Coverage with 82 percent in 2020 and 81 %.
He also cited difficulties with investigations due to the fear of victimisation and expired ID cards as some challenges confronting the Authority. Mr. Bugumah disclosed that in dealing with the issue of illegal co-payments, the Authority goes undercover to apprehend perpetrators. He also indicated that the NHIA has so far paid claims up to July 2021
The Bono Regional Director of NHIA, Joseph Mensah, said more than GHC8 million was realized against an annual target of about GHC10,500,000 in 2021. He expressed appreciation to management and staff of the NHIA for contributing to the success story.