NHIS medicine and service prices have increased

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has increased the prices for medicines and services covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme over the past seven months (NHIS).

This breakthrough supports the NHIA’s fight against unauthorized copayments (fees) levied by some licensed healthcare providers for treatments paid for by the NHIS.

The announcement states that service tariffs have been raised overall by 10% and that non-Framework medications have been revised upward by 20%.

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Following numerous stakeholder meetings, the most recent increase in drug and service rates was implemented in July 2022.

A nine-member Copayments Committee was established by the NHIA in August 2022 to look into the ongoing illegal fees that some certified healthcare service providers continue to charge at various healthcare institutions.

Copayment, which is the requirement that holders of active NHIS cards pay for services and medications covered by the Scheme at the point of need, is the main barrier to the NHIS.

Bernard Okoe-Boye on several occasions served notice that healthcare providers caught in the  Copayments deal would have their licenses revoked.

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