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One Card For Health Access

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in collaboration with the National Identification Authority (NIA) is keen on making it possible for all residents in Ghana to use one card for healthcare access.

The NHIA has therefore intensified its sensitisation and encouraged holders of both the NHIS and Ghana cards to merge the two in line with the “One nation, one card for healthcare service,” agenda.

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The NHIA urges those who are yet to do the merger to still use their NHIS cards for healthcare service, as it work towards replacing the NHIS cards with the Ghana card for accessing healthcare.

For children 15 years and below yet to receive the Ghana card, the vulnerable people in our society including pregnant women, NHIA has taken them into account and made exemptions for people in these categories so no one is left behind.

Very soon, Ghana card holders will be able to do self-registration onto the NHIS database instead of physically visiting district offices for this same services.

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As it continues to impact people’s access to healthcare, the NHIS is on course to deliver its ambitious target of providing access to quality and affordable health care services, to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2030.

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Speaking an the NHIA’s mid-year review meeting in Kumasi on Thursday (September 16), the Ashanti Regional Director of the NHIA, Mr Kwadwo Tweneboa-Kodua said the linkage of the two cards will save authorities the cost of printing double ID cards

“In line with the government’s agenda on digitisation, the NHIA has deployed a number of digital solutions to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in its service delivery to all Ghanaians”.

“I would, therefore, challenge management and staff of NHIA district offices to intensify education on the use of the mobile renewal service code of *929#, so that NHIS members can easily renew their membership at their convenience and comfort,” Mr Tweneboa-Kodua said.

He further called on healthcare providers to remain abreast in the renewal of their credentialing, reminding them of the  online credentialing portal, while also taking advantage of the “claim-it” electronic platform to submit their claims for reimbursement.

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Mr Tweneboa-Kodua told the meeting members that in spite of the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Ashanti Region had made some remarkable strides in terms of the registration of NHIS members and the payment of claims to healthcare providers.

He said by the close of June this year, the region had an active membership of 2,429,586, which represented about 73 per cent of its over three million population.

“As of now, healthcare providers in the Ashanti Region have been paid their NHIS claims up to the end of March this year,” he added.

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