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NHIS coverage may be expanded to other chronic illnesses, not only renal diseases – NHIA CEO.

The CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has announced that the National Health Insurance Scheme’s (NHIS) coverage for renal diseases may be expanded to include other chronic diseases.

Speaking on PM Express on JoyNews, Dr Dacosta Aboagye said that this is because kidney disease is not the only chronic illness in the country.

As such, the NHIA is running actuarial studies to inform the way forward after the first announced six months of renal disease coverage, he told the host Evans Mensah.

“So my advice, of which government knows about this, of which we are working together, is that we should look at it in totality. How do we fund chronic diseases, including dialysis?

“So what is happening is that we’ll use this as learning to see what we can do. By that time, the actuarial study would have been ready,” Dr Aboagye said.

Regarding which other chronic diseases might be included, the NHIA CEO said that he cannot prematurely disclose any other details to prevent expectations.

“But what I know is that we are looking at it in totality. It’s not a case that we are only going to look at kidney diseases. We are going to look at other diseases. Governments do have a comprehensive plan from where I sit to not only focus on kidney diseases, but other chronic diseases,” Dr Aboagye added.

This follows the announcement of the commencement of a six-month free dialysis support program for renal patients from June to December 2024.

The support, as explained in a statement released by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) dated June 1, noted that beneficiaries of the dialysis program have been divided into two categories – Vulnerable groups [patients aged below 18 and above 60] and persons aged 18 to 59 years.

Voice of Dr Dacosta Aboagye

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