The Sunyani Municipal Manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Maxwell Mahama, has said that the scheme covers 95% of all the various diseases mainly reported at health facilities in the country.
He stressed that the scheme was introduced to ensure that access to health services would be less stressful and without any financial constraints.
Mr Mahama was addressing a community sensitisation durbar at Atronie in the Sunyani Municipality.
The residents were sensitised about the rights and responsibilities of members of the scheme, and the seven steps in renewing membership using mobile phones.
Mr Mahama said, under the scheme, all pregnant women are entitled to free ante-natal services throughout their pregnancy and some months of post-natal services.
He said the introduction of this technology had brought relief to the staff of his outfit, as the large number of people who used to besiege his office was now a thing of the past.
As a result, his staff are able to attend to the registration of new members swiftly, and also deal with other issues in a more efficient manner, adding that the scheme had been able to register 152,113 new members this year.
According to Mr Mahama, authorities of the scheme would soon sanction some health service providers for charging unapproved fees from members of the scheme.
This follows complaints by NHIS members that some service providers charge them for certain services which are supposed to be covered by the scheme. “The scheme would have no choice than to take legal action against culprits if they do not put an end to that practice,” Mr Mahama said.