After the Minister of Health publicly acknowledged that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has failed, former president John Dramani Mahama demanded his resignation.
Kwaku Agyemang Manu claims that the program is no longer effective and acknowledges that he no longer uses the service in favor of paying for his medical care.
He complains vehemently that people who are unable to pay are being denied access to medical services, claiming that the treatment provided to NHIS card holders at the various clinics is subpar.
The former president reacted to the minister’s admission of failure by stating that Agyemang Manu needed to step down.
“He himself has admitted that he has failed. He has not been able to grow the NHIS, and he says it has failed. He has no business being the minister of health. He should resign,” he added.
At a meeting with branch and constituency executives of his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in Sefwi Adobokrom, in the Bia East Constituency, Mahama declared this to thunderous acclaim.
More specifically, Mr. Mahama stated that most medical facilities are refusing to accept NHIS cards because the government is not honoring their claims.
“Health facilities have not received payment for the services they provided to cardholders since last year. How do you see them treating them going forward?” he questioned.
A lot of people have contested the minister’s public concerns rather than accepting accountability for implementing the plan. In response to the minister’s remarks, a social media critic said
He sounds like an outsider who is only observing the issue and unable to influence the system.
Who should be held accountable if the NHIS is not operating as it formerly did? Mr. Mahama went on to reiterate his belief that Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu should step down.
It is unacceptable for a minister to take the role of an impartial bystander. While he was in charge and under his direction, the plan fell apart. Receding from the position should be done in conjunction with realizing the system is broken.