Out patient Department (OPD) attendance a the Ho Municipal Hospital has dropped drastically following the resolve of the hospital to go “cash and carry,” in view of the indebtedness of the Municipal Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (MMHIS) to it.
The hospital has been turning away patients with the scheme’s card since Monday, except those willing to pay for services.
Dr Kofi Gafatsi Normanyo, Medical Superintendent of the hospital said attendance at the facility had dropped from a little above 300 a day to about 200 “and still going down.”
He said the scheme had not paid claims submitted to it since February and as a result, the hospital could not purchase the necessary logistics to treat patients, including the large numbers of the scheme’s clients.
“It is impossible to continue to render services to heal insurance holders on credit while our suppliers are on us,” Dr Normanyo said.
He said the hospital had been trying to cope with the situation but was compelled, as matters got worse, to start declining services to people with the cards and sometimes, painfully turning pregnant women away because of lack of gloves.
Mr Dickson Nuku Dansu, Claims Manager, confirmed the scheme was indebtedness to the hospital and said measures were being taken to pay. He said the MMHIS had written to the headquarters and was hopeful that the debt would be settled soon.
Some patients who spoke to newsmen on the issue expressed disappointment at the turn of events, saying their health was being toyed with.
Source: Ghanaian Times
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