According to Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, the NHIS has just four months to pay off its debt to healthcare providers nationwide.
When he spoke before the Public Accounts Committee, he said this.
His response prompted Kofi Adams, the Buem Member of Parliament, to inquire about the rules and laws governing the transfer of money to service providers.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu claims that the payment procedure takes three months, but Francis Owusu, the Deputy CEO of the NHIS, was unable to corroborate this.
The Minister had to withdraw his prior response after agreeing to revisit the payment strategy as a result of this.
The meeting became clear that several healthcare facilities, notably Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, were paying out numerous undeserved wages.
The hospital’s representatives informed the committee that they were trying to collect those funds, but the committee’s chairman, James Klutse Avedzie, refused to accept their justification and insisted that the management of Korle Bu was responsible for making the payment.
Mr. Avedzie argued that the Ministry’s repeated procurement violations warranted criminal prosecution and forwarded the matter to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Chairman was urged by the Health Minister to temper justice with mercy.