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Assembly member covers health card costs for community members

Kwesi Plange community members celebrate receiving free NHIS cards courtesy of their local assemblyman in the Tema Metropolis, Greater Accra District. | Photo: SEND Ghana Kwesi Plange community members celebrate receiving free NHIS cards courtesy of their local assemblyman in the Tema Metropolis, Greater Accra District. | Photo: SEND Ghana

An assembly member in the Tema Metropolis covered the cost of renewing more than 60 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards for his community members in March 2018.

Honorable Alhassan Issah, assembly member for Kwesi Plange in the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, renewed 65 NHIS cards for citizens below age 18 and above age 60 at no cost to the beneficiaries during a March 29th People for Health (P4H) registration, renewal and education exercise on the NHIS and Ghana Health Service patient’s charter.

The event was convened by P4H’s district citizens monitoring committee in Tema in collaboration with the district NHIS office and the Municipal Health Directorate as part of efforts to overcome NHIS registration and renewal challenges, such as transportation and connectivity.

A total of 170 community members attended to register or renew their cards, and to learn about health expenses covered by NHIS, categories of subscribers under NHIS, the identification and registration of indigents, accredited health care facilities that provide services to subscribers in the district, challenges with the scheme, as well as patient rights and responsibilities as stipulated in the patient’s charter.

“I got information on the free NHIS renewal through a gong-gong beater,” 83-year-old Kwesi Plange resident Tei Kwadjo said, explaining how he found out about the event. “The renewal exercise has ensured validity of my card. With this I am able to access health care at a lower cost.”

“Aside from benefiting from medications covered by the scheme, the registration exercise also saved me the cost of renewal and transportation to the NHIS office,” added Fati Mohammed, whose four-year-old son’s NHIS card was renewed for free.

In addition to the 65 renewals covered by the assembly member, the event provided the opportunity for 108 other community members to renew NHIS cards at their own cost.

With funding support from USAID, P4H staff and partners have carried out NHIS education and registration events like this one in 69 communities.

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