Medical Sup Calls For Immediate Reimbursement Of Outstanding NHIS Claims

Dr. Agyei Darko, Medical Superintendent of  the Bechem Government Hospital has called for the immediate reimbursement of the eight-month outstanding debts owed to the hospital in National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) claims to enable the hospital deliver optimum healthcare to the large clientele in the hospital’s catchment area.

Though he stopped short at giving figures of the debts owed to the hospital, he said the non-payment of “the huge sums of money”, has crippled the hospital’s efforts at optimizing healthcare delivery to the about 98 per cent of its clients who access healthcare through the NHIS.

“The enormous clientele of this facility still depend on NHIS due to its advantage to relieve them of huge medical costs, but with the current situation, we can no longer procure some indispensable inputs like essential medical and non-medical consumables”, he said and added that this was unacceptable and worrying.

Dr. Darko disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Bechem  in the Brong Ahafo Region on the sidelines of a presentation ceremony during which the ‘Pagya Wo ho’ Foundation, a local Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) based at Bechem and other foreign partner, the Het Huis Eye Wish Optical Company of Zeist in Holland made some donations to the hospital on Good Friday.

The donation included a cash of Gh₵500.00, optical glasses, medical consumables, assorted drinks, biscuits, and some confectionery

Dr. Darko thanked the foundation for its kindness which will be of immense help to the hospital especially patients with visual challenges and urged other benevolent and philanthropist Associations to follow suit.

He gave assurance that the donation will be put into good use for its intended purposes.

Nana Ama kwartemaa, Ababio, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation and Apagyahemaa of the Bechem Traditional Area, commended the staff of the hospital for doing their best to meet the needs and expectations of the patients irrespective of the challenges facing the hospital.