Barima Sarpong, Communications Manager for the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIS) has said the life expectancy rate of Ghanaians is now 67 years owing to the National Heath Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
According to him, the scheme has also helped in reducing maternal and child mortality rates in the country.
Mr Sarpong explained on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson, that although the scheme has been bedeviled with several challenges especially financial constraints, it has been able to help in delivering quality health service to Ghanaians.
“Child mortality rate has reduced, maternal mortality rate has also reduced and as we speak the Life expectancy of Ghanaians is now 67 years and so the picture is not too bad although there are some challenges that we must deal with.
“The parent problem affecting the scheme is finance. The scheme is really bedeviled with financial challenges and that is why we often hear of debts owed our service providers. But we are working so hard to deal with this challenge,” he said.
The NHIA was established under the National Health Insurance Act 2003, Act 650 by the John Agyekum Kufuor administration in order to remove the cash and carry system in accessing health care delivery.