The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has unveiled the New NHIS Mobile Renewal and Digital Authentication policy which will allow users to renew their Health Insurance on their mobile phones when it is out of date.
The new policy, which is been introduced to relieve subscribers of the burden of having to go to the NHIS District offices as also reduce congestion, is scheduled to be launched by the President in Accra early 2019, according to management.
In an address, the Manager of the Obuasi office of NHIS, Mr. Confidence Owusu Kontoh, stressed on how the previous renewal policy had suffered a number of operational inefficiencies and hitches, which had contributed to a significant reduction in the patronage of the scheme.
A recent survey conducted, indicated that only 42% of Ghanaians are registered on the NHIS after 15 years of existence.
He indicated that the new policy is designed for renewal fees to be paid through Mobile Money in order to reduce waiting times and long queues in the district offices.
This would enable registered NHIS users to be notified ahead of expiry dates in order to deal with the difficulties that members may encounter and also prevent the situation where others are denied access to medical care in hospitals due to notification of expiry at the point of claim, he remarked.
Stakeholders were taken through the new, easy and convenient process using the shortcode *929# in a move to intensify publicity on the new policy.