Mahama on NHIS issue jabs NPP for constantly saying that the NDC administration has collapsed the scheme
President Mahama wonders why the New Patriotic Party (NPP) still registers its members under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) platform when it claims the programme has been collapsed by the present government.
Presidential candidate of the NPP Nana Addo and his party, have in recent times pointed accusing fingers at the National Democrartic Congress, (NDC) for collapsing what they referred to as the once vibrant social intervention programme. Nana Addo claims that the NHIS programme was very efficient under the NPP regime. The NPP Flagbearer on several occasions, have promised to revive the scheme if he wins this year’s election.
But President Mahama has taken a jab at the NPP for regarding the NHIS as collapsed. According to him, the NPP is registering its members on the scheme while still claiming it has collapsed.
You claim NHIS has collapsed; why is the NPP registering its supporters onto the scheme? If it has collapsed, then what is the benefit of the card? he quizzed.
Shedding light on the much talked about issue, Mahama explained that the scheme has not collapsed but has rather expanded tremendously. The President argued that the NHIS which started in 2005 covered only 9 million subscribers who accessed the card at the hospital by the end of 2008.
Mahama on NHIS issue continued that towards 2015, those who used the cards at the hospital were up to 29 million. The President also explained that his government has injected more money into the scheme seeing as the estimated figure has massively been exceeded.
The president explained that more money needs to be injected into the scheme. This according to him, is the main reason why the NDC stated in its manifesto, that some of the oil revenue would be injected into the NHIS for more efficiency.