The National Health Insurance Authority’s (NHIA) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has stated that if specific steps are taken, it shouldn’t be difficult for the program to cover the treatment of kidney illnesses.
In an interview with Joy FM, he bemoaned the fact that most patients with renal disorders could not afford dialysis, making it too costly for them to manage on their own.
His remarks corroborate those of certain analysts who have suggested that the National Health Insurance Scheme need to have adequate funding to cover the expenses of treating kidney conditions.
Dr. Okoe Boye said, “As a nation, I can tell you boldly, if we are committed, we can pay totally for kidney care.”
To support his position, he listed three crucial steps that should be taken to lessen the plight of Ghanaian kidney disease patients, including the creation of a “chronic disease fund or the peripheral disease fund.”
First off, there has been back and forth in politics regarding NHIS financing. Kidney transplants are even covered by Kenya. The explanation is pretty straightforward: they handle 90% to 95% of the monies directly.
“Secondly, we can impose a so-called syntactic tax on one or two goods that are typically purchased by members of a specific class rather than the general public, and the proceeds from those taxes can go toward funding that isn’t always associated with National Health Insurance.
You can keep GHż200 instead of the GH̼700 cedis that is being considered because GHż500 cedis has been covered by this fund. It can be the chronic disease fund or the peripheral disease fund, which would go to the departments that take care of kidney care and other conditions like cardiovascular diseases.