July 13, 2024

NHIS To Cater For Mental Health Disorders

Treatment for mental health will now be added to the benefits of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) from next year, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated.

The move, in addition to the construction of Agenda 111 health facilities and other measures, are part of the government’s commitment to improving access to professional, accessible and affordable quality health services for the Ghanaian.

President Akufo-Addo disclosed this last Tuesday in a keynote address at the maiden awards night and commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the annual general and scientific meeting of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

The college is a public institution established in 2003 to provide postgraduate medical training in medicine, surgery and related disciplines.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in June last year added treatment for the four common childhood cancers to the NHIS Benefit Package.

These are Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Burkitt Lymphoma, Retinoblastoma and Wilms Tumor.

Addressing members of the college and stakeholders in the health sector, President Akufo-Addo said as part of measures to improve access, the government recently introduced technology to enhance the NHIS. As a result of that, renewal has been simplified by dialing *929# on any mobile phone network. 

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