The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah and the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council have signed up to sponsor 2000 children below the age of 18 years in the Ashanti Region unto the National Health Insurance. The gesture was in support of an initiative of the Ashanti Regional Office of the NHIA dubbed, 1000k for health project meant to court the support of well-meaning Ghanaians to pay and underwrite the NHIS registration fees of at least 1,000 vulnerable children below the age of 18 living within communities in Ashanti Region.
Speaking to the media during a courtesy call on him by the CEO of the NHIA, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah noted that the initiative is a major mile-stone which will help address a major challenge bedeviling access to health care in the Region and the nation at large. According to the Regional Minister, during his time as a Member of Parliament, he was a member of the Health Committee for eight years as such he is not oblivious of the challenges of the health sector, notwithstanding, he revealed that he is aware of the various policies and strategies management of the NHIA are putting together for a successful NHIS.
Dr. Bernard Oko Boye, Chief Executive Officer of the NHIA, revealed that the 1000k for health project is an initiative to augment the government’s support for vulnerable children of which the enrolment of children with childhood cancer onto the National Health Insurance is key.
70 years and above to get instant access after registering for National Health Insurance (NHI)
The CEO of the NHIA, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye, also announced to the Ashanti Regional Minister that, the NHIA board has approved that ‘from 6pm today, any 70 years old and above who registers with the NHIS can access health care on the same day’. This initiative according to the CEO has become necessary due to the frustration some elderly people go through in the bid to access health care. Thus, the waiting period of 30 days have been waived for subscribers who are 70 years old and above just as pregnant women.