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NHIA will pay service providers before deadline


(Citi FM Online) - The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) says it is in deliberation with service providers and the pharmaceutical distributors to settle all debts owed them.

Communications Manager at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Serlorm Adenu told Citi News the NHIA will make payments to the Ghana Chamber of Pharmacy before their ultimatum.

The chamber in a press statement said, ''effective February 10, 2014, there shall no longer be the supplies of medicines to these hospitals and service providers because of the strangling arrears owed them.''

According to the statement "The inordinate delay in the reimbursement by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is impacting negatively on the financial strength as well as the survival of the distributors...''

But Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr Adenu said ''before the 10th of February a lot of payments would have been advanced to them and the situation wouldn't arise...''

He further stated

International Conference -- Road to Universal Health Coverage


(Sudan Vision) - Background

Ensuring that people receive the needed medical services they need without suffering from financial hardships is a goal adopted by many countries. But, achieving universal health coverage requires a strong, efficient, system for financing health services, access to essential medicines and technologies and sufficient well-trained and motivated health workers.

The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), as a major health financing mechanism is aiming to contribute to the universal health coverage. In this regard, a number of initiatives are being introduced, and the Fund would like to share and learn from the national and international experiences.

National Health Accounts Launched


(Allafrica) - The National Health Accounts (NHA) was on Wednesday launched by the minister of Health and Social Welfare at a ceremony held at the Governor's Office in Brikama, West Coast Region (WCR).

The NHA is an internationally standardised methodology for measuring financial resources flows in the health sector. It is a tool that allows countries to track the flow of health spending from financial sources to end-users.

In his launching statement, Minister Omar Sey explained that the NHA is meant to influence the policy through its use by policymakers who can make evidence-based decisions.

Universal healthcare, Aids fight a triumph for Thailand


(The Nation) - Thai healthcare policy-makers, health workers and activists have shown a strong commitment to the poor and vulnerable. Thailand's successful universal healthcare scheme, which includes Aids treatment, commands global respect and influence.

Just as Thailand's successes in Aids prevention and treatment were not inevitable, neither was its quest for universal health coverage. In fact, it seemed quite unlikely at the time of its inception in 2001. Faced with powerful opponents, some might have lost faith and walked away. Not the Thai people.

Thais have shown a deep commitment to economic justice. They have worked for decades to provide universal coverage. In fact, the Thai Constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to healthcare, even the poorest.

By 2001, when Thailand introduced its universal coverage scheme, nearly a third of its people were still uncovered. Many of these were poor people whose families could be made destitute by a serious illness.

NHSO in tie up with London medical school


(The Nation) - THE NATIONAL Health Security Office (NHSO) is teaming up with an English university to improve the country's national healthcare fund by making it more effective and turning it into a model for neighbouring countries.

Under this collaboration, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will provide academic support such as research and expert knowledge in order to help the NHSO develop the services it provides to more than 48 million subscribers.

This tie-up came after the NHSO executive board instructed administrators to build a network with other developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia, in a bid to exchange know-how to improve healthcare services in each country, the office's secretary-general, Dr Winai Sawasdivorn, said.

"We need to learn and team up with other countries to improve our healthcare programme so it is accepted by the international community," he said.

Motsoaledi names board of new Office of Health Standards Compliance

South Africa

(Business Day Live) - HEALTH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday unveiled the board of the newly established Office of Health Standards Compliance, a statutory body created through the amendment of the National Health Act to monitor compliance with norms and standards for healthcare delivery.

The 12-member board consists of healthcare professionals, academics and activists. It will be chaired by Lizo Mazwai, emeritus professor of surgery and a past chairman of the South African Medical Research Council.

Remarks by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the 2014 Prince Mahidol Award Conference


(World Bank) - Thank you, Dr. Komatra for the kind introduction. I would also like to thank Professor Vicharn and the PMAC Secretariat for all your hard work in organizing the conference; the Royal Thai Government for their hospitality; Professor Rachata; Lincoln Chen and our fellow conference co-hosts and partners in JICA, USAID, WHO and the Rockefeller Foundation; and to my good friends, Dr. Suwit and Paul Farmer.

Yesterday I was honored to share the Prince Mahidol award with a distinguished group of individuals who have spent many years fighting to end the HIV-AIDS epidemic. I accepted the award on behalf of a broad and diverse group of advocates who worked as part of a global movement to make treatment accessible to people everywhere, no matter their income or geography.

Sadly, our work is unfinished. Millions are still becoming infected each year, and many are shut out of treatment because of inadequate services and frankly, discrimination.

Expert Calls For Improved Health Insurance Scheme


(Daily Times) - The Chief Executive Officer, Avon Health Care Limited, Mrs. Adesimbo Ukiri, has called for improved partnership between health care providers and Health Management Organisations (HMOs) to ensure adequate provision of health services to patients under the health insurance scheme.

Speaking during a training and awareness programme organised for staff of hospitals under Avon network, Ukiri said,offering poor services to patients under the health insurance scheme may discourage others from enrolling.

Ukiri said,“When people who have purchased health plans need it, they don’t come to HMOs, they go to the hospitals. It is the experience they have at those hospitals that will determine if they made the proper choice by going for health insurance. If they have a good experience at these hospitals, that is when they can become advocates for the scheme.

We have no hand in demo against capitation


(Citi FM Online) - The Health Insurance Service Providers of Ghana (HISPAG) in the Ashanti Region has distanced itself from the intended demonstration against the health insurance capitation in the region on Thursday.

Kumasi based Kessben FM announced an intended demonstration against health insurance capitation to get the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to withdraw it.

The capitation is a payment mechanism under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and it has been piloted in the Ashanti Region for two years.

The Chief Executive Officer of HISPAG, Frank Richard Torblu told Citi News, the association is in talks with the NHIA to resolve all outstanding issues.

He was of the opinion that the planned demonstration is unwarranted since there are ongoing negotiations between the NHIA and stakeholders.


Poor patients get health cover benefit


(The Times of India) - The district is ranked third in the state in implementing the Rajeev Gandhi Jeevandayi Arogya Yojana (RGJAY), with 1,487 persons from Aurangabad undergoing procedures through the state government's health insurance scheme in its second phase since November. Mumbai tops the list with 9,033 beneficiaries, followed by Solapur district with 2,664 patients availing the benefit of the health insurance scheme.

In Aurangabad, the online application process started after the launch of the second phase of the scheme in November. Till January 27, among the 21 empanelled hospitals, Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital had performed most maximum number of surgeries (552), the Mahatma Gandhi Mission Hospital had conducted 284 surgeries.