The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has announced the introduction of instant healthcare for all individuals aged 70 and over throughout the nation. This move is in keeping with the government’s goal to accelerate the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and close the access equity gap.
For all National Health Insurance Scheme subscribers 70 years of age and older, the policy eliminates the one-month waiting time (NHIS).
According to a statement released by the NHIA on Tuesday, September 27, any senior people who sign up for the program and are at least 70 years old can attend approved NHIS hospitals starting at 6 PM today, Monday, September 26, 2022, and all of their medical needs will be met.
The Government of Ghana has made significant progress toward its goal of universal health care through innovations to expand the operations of the scheme while ensuring its financial sustainability since the NHIS was established in 2003 to promote access to equitable and high-quality healthcare for all residents (citizens and non-citizens).
Since the program’s establishment, or roughly 19 years ago, all categories of participants have been required to complete a one-month waiting period before enrolling, with the exception of pregnant women and children under the age of 5. This action is being taken to prevent possible free-riders from abusing the system.
The policy prevented people who are 70 years of age or older from receiving immediate healthcare when they signed up for the program. These older new participants [including Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Pensioners] must pay out-of-pocket for healthcare access during the required one-month waiting period, which lasts until the 30-day waiting period has passed.
With effect from Monday, September 26, 2022, the Dr. Okoe Boye-led NHIA, with inspiration from His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, through the honorable Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, exempts all individuals aged 70 and above from the one-month waiting period on enrollment onto the scheme. This is due to the peculiar circumstances in which elderly people find themselves, particularly with issues relating to health. As a result, anyone who sign up for the program who are 70 years or older will immediately have access to healthcare and the entire range of benefits from NHIS-accredited healthcare providers.
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