NDC is being disingenuous with NHIS collapsing claims – Dep. Minister
Government has said the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is quickly losing its credibility with the latest claim that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is collapsing.
Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, said the party questioning government investing funds of the Scheme with a private financial house, All Time Capital Limited, is disingenuous.
He told journalists at a press briefing Tuesday that the investment was started by the John Mahama-led Administration in 2012.
“In fact, the placement of the first ¢5 million in a 365-day fixed deposit investment occurred on July 12, 2012. The NDC continued to roll over principal plus interest accrued and even made a further investment with same All Time Capital Limited.
“For the NDC to turn around and accuse the current administration, that ‘the NHIS without due diligence and with indecent haste transferred a whopping 17,548,377.20 in three tranches to a private financial house – All Time Capital limited, supposedly as investment’ is incredibly mischievous and unbecoming of a political party seeking the mandate of the people,” he said.
His comments are in reaction to the NDC accusing government of diverting ¢1 billion of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) funds into projects outside its mandate.
According to them, the monies are being used for projects which are averse to the core objectives of the Scheme at the time it is struggling to offset debts owed service providers.
They claim that the National Health Insurance Authority in 2018 expended over ¢160 million of the Scheme’s funds to pay nursing trainee allowances.
Another ¢5 million which has been devoted to corporate social responsibility for this year is a worry for the NDC who do not see the need.