NHIS Introduces “Sunshine Policy” – The Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Okoe Boye, has revealed that the Authority has introduce a new policy dubbed “Sunshine”
He explained that, “Sunshine” seeks to throw more light on the dealings of the NHIS in terms of payment to health facilities that have partnered with the National Health Insurance Authority.
“We have implemented a policy called Sunshine Policy, some years ago, when we pay the hospitals, they claim we have not paid them because that payment was between us and the health facilities”.
He continued “we now want to throw sunshine, meaning we want everybody to know what we’re doing, so we have introduced a policy that will publish the list of health facilities and amount we have paid to pharmaceutical companies, journalists and the National House Chief”.
He made this when he paid a courtesy call on the President of Bono Regional House of Chiefs, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Dr. Agyeman Badu ll, at Dormaa-Ahenkro while on route to officially commission their new office at Wamfie in the Dormaa East District.
Osagyefo Oseadeayo Dr. Agyeman Badu ll (Dormaahene and president Bono Regional House of Chiefs) urged successive government and to timely release funds from national health insurance levy to pay service providers to avoid tension between card bearers and the service providers.
He urged successive governments to emulate the steps former President, John Agyekum Kuffour took in ensuring the smooth running of the scheme.
“When President Kuffour introduced the National Health Insurance, he made a law, to collect some monies, when such monies were collected, they give it to NIHS and when we fell sick and visit the hospital, they use it to take care of us”. He said.