His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced government’s intentions of absorbing mental health care services under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2024.
According to president Nana Addo Dankwa, the key factor in achieving a universal health coverage depends on the availability of specialist present in all hospitals across the length and breadth of the country. He iterated this during a meeting which involved physicians and surgeons in capital of Ghana, Accra.
“Next year, mental healthcare will be added to the benefits package on the National Health Insurance Scheme. We recognize, however, that the key to achieving the universal health coverage is the availability of specialists to serve in all the hospitals in the country. It is about time we begin to set our targets higher.”
The president made a courtesy call on the various professional health bodies to join hands in ensuring that, Ghana achieve it’s aim of providing a universal health coverage.
“These targets, which are being achieved by the developed world where doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals migrate to, can be achieved by Ghana.
“The Ghana college of physicians and surgeons, the Ghana Medical and Dental council, the Ghana health service and the Ministry of Health must work together to ensure that we also achieve this target.”