Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has explained his promise to offer Ghanaians free primary healthcare should he win the 2020 general elections. The former President says the next NDC government will implement free primary health care for all Ghanaians under a special arrangement to be managed by the National Health Insurance Authority. This according to him, is to increase financial access to healthcare services in the country.
John Mahama who was speaking in Wa at a durbar of Chiefs as part of his 4-day tour of the Upper West Region was of the view that the new initiative will complement the existing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure that citizens access free primary healthcare even without NHIS cards.
“It is the aim of all countries to attain what we call universal healthcare. Unfortunately, our National Health Insurance Scheme makes it difficult for us to obtain this objective because the payment of premiums at the lower rank of the health delivery system makes it difficult for everybody to be able to access quality healthcare. So we are breaking a new program to supplement the NHIS.”
He added: “Let me point out that this programme and plan we are bringing is going to be implemented and supervised by the NHIS But it is going to be a program for free primary healthcare so that at the level of the CHPS compound, polyclinics and health centres all Ghanaians will have access to free healthcare whether they possess a national health insurance card or not.”
The NDC has described this plan “as the fulcrum” around which its Health Policy will revolve should it win power in the 2020 elections. It expects to have the policy up and running before the end of 2021.