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NHIA directs patients to visit private hospitals

Following the strike by medical doctors in public hospitals, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has entreated all NHIS cardholders who may be turned away from public health facilities to visit any of the private and faith-based hospitals and clinics accredited by the authority to access healthcare.

Doctors in the public sector laid down their tools on July 30 to demand that government provides them with a document containing their conditions of service.

The management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, as well as several other government health facilities, have closed their out-patient departments because of the strike.

“NHIS cards are not only eligible in government establishments but can be used in the over 1,000 NHIS-credentialed private and faith-based healthcare facilities,” a statement signed by the Communications Manager of the NHIS, Selorm Adonoo stated.

The statement further noted that cardholders can access healthcare “at the 37 Military and Police Hospitals in Accra and the many Health Centres and Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds across the country.”

“This arrangement is to ensure that subscribers of the NHIS continue to access health care services while the Ghana Medical Association (GMA)’s negotiations with government and strike persist,” the stated added.

Source: citifmonline

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