After a successful piloting of the e-renewal or mobile renewal of the National Health Insurance (NHIS) cards in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region some few months ago, the authority is set to rollout the programme nationally in the coming days.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Head of Corporate Directorate of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Oswald Essuah-Mensah, said the digital renewal has come to stay, assuring that it would not affect the jobs of workers of the authority, especially the district officers.
According to him, there are only 165 district officers across the country, a woefully inadequate number but with the introduction and rollout of the mobile renewal, over 4300 providers have been trained.
“Officers will be posted and stationed in all these facilities for ease and to assist our members in the renewal process,” he disclosed.
Mr. Essuah-Mensah believes the mobile renewal would rather create opportunities for more district officers to be recruited, thereby, creating employment and increasing the number of district officers the authority employs.
Meanwhile, the NHIA which was launched some 15 years ago has recorded some drastic reduction in its membership.
“The authority which had over 18 million membership in its early days of operation now has a membership of 10.5 million, representing 37 per cent of the total population of the country,” Mr. Essuah-Mensah pointed out.
He indicated that the fallout in the membership can be attributed to challenges faced by the authority, especially in renewal of cards.
However, the national rollout is expected to be launched by the president on Friday, December 19, 2018 at the Flagstaff House.
This platform is expected to put an end to long queues in the various outlets of the authority across the country, the poor networks, non-availability of ribbons, reduce cost of buying expensive ribbons, among others.