Provide payment guarantee before Drugs are released: Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana instructs Hospitals.

Chairman, Chamber of  Pharmacy Ghana, Mr.Harrison Kofi Abutiate

Due to delays in reinmbursement of funds by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to health service providers, the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana has directed among others to hospitals to provide payment guarantee before medicines are supplied to them.

In a statement signed by the chairman, Mr. Harrison Kofi Abutiate, dated Feb.10, 2020, the Executive council further indicated that health facilities owing the chamber over three months would no longer be credited with medicines.

Read the full statement by the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana

February 10, 2020

Press Release

DELAYED REIMBURSEMENT BY HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS BY THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (NHIS) AND THE REPERCUSSIONS

The National Executive Council of the Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana (CoPG) at its meeting on 22nd January, 2020 in Accra, extensively deliberated on issues of national importance and matters confronting the pharmaceutical industry and trade with the delayed reimbursement by Health Service Providers high on the agenda.

At the end of its deliberations, the Council has directed its membership to abide by these resolutions:
Chamber Members shall henceforth request the hospitals to provide PAYMENT GUARANTEE before medicines could be supplied to them. This is the only way to sustain our individual companies.
Health facilities owing more than three (3) months shall no more enjoy any credit facilities from our members.

Our position is as a result of the delay in payment by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) through the Health Service Providers.

Meanwhile, we call on government as a matter of urgency to ensure adherence to the NHI Act on re-imbursements to Service Providers.
The Chamber of Pharmacy, Ghana also wishes to immediately call for the review of the current Ministry of Health framework contract and revert to the decentralized procurement system by the Regional Health Directorates and Teaching hospitals, through national competitive tenders.
The Chamber will like to remind the government and all stakeholders that, we will ensure that good-quality health commodities are available, accessible, and affordable to all people living in Ghana and anchored by a sustainable, reliable, responsive, efficient, and well-coordinated supply chain.

Signed

HARRISON KOFI ABUTIATE
CHAIRMAN, CHAMBER OF PHARMACY GHANA
Contact : 0208137288

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