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Nationwide Medical Insurance launches micro-health insurance product

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 2, GNA – Nationwide Health
Insurance Company Limited, a leading indigenous private health insurance
company in partnership with Roche, has launched the first ever micro-health
insurance product on the Ghanaian market.

The product known as “My Health” is designed
to provide every resident in Ghana the opportunity to access quality,
affordable and convenient healthcare, including full coverage of breast cancer
to its members.

Mr Isaac Nartey, Business Development Manager,
Nationwide Medical Insurance, said the product would cover essential
healthcare, with affordable value and focus on the informal sector, featuring
individual and family plans.

“Benefits of the scheme include prescribed
drugs, maternity care, surgical treatment, hospital admission and accommodation
at partner health facilities, medical consultation, diagnostic investigation,
chronic care and breast cancer treatment and reimbursement,” he said.

Mr Nartey said the product was open to
individuals and families from both the formal and informal sectors, including
small and medium-sized enterprises, traders, union groups/associations,
churches, mosques and schools.

“Also, staff at healthcare facilities have
been trained adequately to provide care for members and an IT solution has been
installed for all service providers to monitor and evaluate healthcare
facilities and scheme subscribers, in terms of service provision and customer
satisfaction,” he added.

Mr Nartey said the payment system had been
made flexible for members to have the opportunity to choose whether to pay
daily, monthly, half-yearly or yearly via mutual health insurance’s accredited
agents, accredited financial institutions, direct debit, or mobile money.

Mr Harold Awuah-Darko, Executive Chairman
Nationwide Health Insurance Company, said “My Health” would take private health
insurance to the doorsteps of Ghanaians offering a credible alternative to the
mass market.

He called for an increased participation of
private health insurance companies in the nation’s healthcare delivery.

Dr Philip Anderson, Medical Lead, Roche,
commended Mutual Health Insurance for taking the bold step to venture into the
informal market and deciding to pay comprehensively for the care of breast
cancer.

“Our partnership with nationwide has been very
smooth because of their courage, passion, and integrity in a bid to reach the
larger population of the country, especially in the area of breast cancer,
because of the huge amounts involved in managing and treating breast cancer.

“Our commitment to you is going to be
longstanding until every Ghanaian who deserves to be treated would have access
to innovation and comprehensive breast cancer care,” she said.

Dr Beatrice Wiafe, President, Breast Care
International and a renowned breast surgeon, advised that a comprehensive
screening be performed on potential members before they are enrolled.

“I am very happy that there is a company that
is going to take care of breast cancer, comprehensively, especially in the
informal sector because a lot of women cannot pay for the biopsy, and then
treatment,” she said.

Dr Gilbert Buckle, former Chief Executive
Officer, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, expressed excitement that the scheme is
targeting the 85 per cent of the population who through no fault of theirs fall
out of getting access to insurance of this quality.

“From a service and quality perspective,  I am excited with the capitation module that
is being used, which means healthcare service providers would be paid for the
number of people who sign up to their facilities and would also be held accountable
for the quality of care  provide,”
he said.

Nationwide Health Insurance Company is a
private medical insurance company, established in 2003 with presence in all 10
regions and a client base of about 60,000 members from the corporate and
community world.

GNA

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