NHIS covers Cervical and Breast Cancer in Ghana—NHIA.
The Head of Communications, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Selorm Adonoo, told Afia Adutwumwaa Morosa on UTV’s late news, that Breast and cervical cancers are now covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS); the public must therefore not wait till the cancer gets to its worst stages before seeking care,
According to him, “most people think that cancers are costly to treat, perhaps that’s the reason why they wait that long before seeking proper medical help. But the good news is that the NHIS covers breast and cervical cancers so why do you wait till it’s too late before reporting for medical treatment?” The NHIS has been said to run a vast benefits package which accounts for about 95% of all reported disease conditions in Ghana, adding that the package includes conditions described as out-patient cases, and an extensive amount of in-patient department conditions. Mr. Adonoo said although people utilize the NHIS, his outfit intends to improve its education of the public so that members of the scheme have adequate information about the benefits the NHIS offers, observing that this will make it difficult for members to be cheated when they go to seek healthcare.
He was of the view that, most of the complaints the public have about the scheme could be resolved with the provision of the right information, something his outfit has been doing in the last few months. When asked about comments that the scheme had collapsed, he entreated the public not to take such remarks seriously.