The National Executive Council of the Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana (CoPG) in their recent press release has send a strong signal and a warning to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on henceforth their inability to supply medicines to health facilities in Ghana without payment.
A statement signed by Harrison Kofi Abutiate (CHAIRMAN, CHAMBER OF PHARMACY GHANA) indicates that delayed reimbursement by Health Service Providers is crumbling their business.
Below is the press release
February 10, 2020
DELAYED REIMBURSEMENT BY HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS BY THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (NHIS) AND THE REPERCUSSIONS
The National Executive Council of the Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana (CoPG) at its meeting on 22nd January, 2020 in Accra, extensively deliberated on issues of national importance and matters confronting the pharmaceutical industry and trade with the delayed reimbursement by Health Service Providers high on the agenda.
At the end of its deliberations, the Council has directed its membership to abide by these resolutions:
a. Chamber Members shall henceforth request the hospitals to provide PAYMENT GUARANTEE before medicines could be supplied to them. This is the only way to sustain our individual companies.
b. Health facilities owing more than three (3) months shall no more enjoy any credit facilities from our members.
Our position is as a result of the delay in payment by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) through the Health Service Providers.
Meanwhile, we call on government as a matter of urgency to ensure adherence to the NHI Act on re-imbursements to Service Providers.
The Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana also wishes to immediately call for the review of the current Ministry of Health framework contract and revert to the decentralized procurement system by the Regional Health Directorates and Teaching hospitals, through national competitive tenders.
The Chamber will like to remind the government and all stakeholders that, we will ensure that good-quality health commodities are available, accessible, and affordable to all people living in Ghana and anchored by a sustainable, reliable, responsive, efficient, and well-coordinated supply chain.
HARRISON KOFI ABUTIATE
CHAIRMAN, CHAMBER OF PHARMACY GHANA
Contact : 0208137288