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Scheme set to achieve target

2008-11-28 23:23:34
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The Tolon/Kumbungu District Mutual Health Scheme is poised to increase registered members from 52 percent (71,422) of the district population at the end of 2007 to 70 percent (94,558) by the end of 2008.

The target for ID cards produced and issued to members is to increase from 24 percent (32,916) of the district population from the beginning of the year to 40 percent (54,033) by December 31, 2008.

The Scheme Manager, Mr. Issah Sulemana, disclosed this at the joint launching and first Annual General Meeting of the Scheme in Tolon on Thursday.

He said however that, the scheme exceeded its target as at the end of October this year and that the registered membership rose from 52 percent (71,422) to 82 percent (111,547) of the district population and ID cards issued increased from 24 percent (32,916) to 55 percent (74,781) of the population.

Mr. Sulemana said the scheme since its inception had been able to pay all legitimate claims submitted by various accredited health facilities within the stipulated time.

He said the scheme this year received a total of GH¢ 513,225.40 as premium from the National Health Authority (NHIA) for the exempt group and paid GH¢ 506,567.60 as claims to providers as at September.

He noted that the scheme also received GH¢ 20, 000 as administrative support from the Authority and they had also been paying the salaries of the six permanent staff since the year 2004.

Mr. Sulemana said last year the scheme received one Hilux Toyota pick up, one jailing -125 motorbike, two phoenix bicycles and four computers adding that this year they received a state of the art stand by generator.

Talking on the challenges facing the scheme in the district, the Scheme Manager said they lacked accommodation and were temporary using the Tolon Town Council.

He said the high poverty level and illiteracy rate were also a hindrance to the smooth operation of the scheme, saying that out of the111, 547 registered members, 36,766 of them were not able to pay for their premium and registration fees as a result they were not able to get their cards.

Mrs. Denisig Kaara, District Director of Health said since the inception of the Mutual Health Insurance Scheme, health facilities in the district had received more clients than before as well as an increase in revenue.

She said Out of Patience Attendance (OPD) had increased from 24,859 in 2005 to 31,737 in 2006 and about 32,156 in 2007.

She said, in addition, clients no longer abscond with unpaid bills due to inability to pay the cost of health services.

The District Chief Executive, Mr. Wahab Suhiyini Wumbei, called on the Board Members to address complains of unnecessary attendance to hospital, sick people waiting until they were on admission before they came for cards and service providers over-charging for services rendered to clients.


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