Despite his busy schedule as the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Chief Executive, Dr Okoe Boye has reappropriated his timetable to do general consulting services.
As a professional medical practitioner, Dr Okoe Boye on Monday, August 15, 2022, spent considerable hours at the Lekma Hospital in Accra, where he interfaced with 20 patients.
Seventeen (17) of the patients he dealt with were active members of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The patients who were privileged to have the NHIA Chief Executive attend to them commended him for not abandoning the Lekma Hospital, following his appointment.
Dr Okoe Boye urged them to promptly renew their membership cards using the Mobile Renewal Service short code *929# as the NHIS remains the surest way to reduce out-of-pocket payment of healthcare services.
He appealed to the general population to get enrolled on the NHIS and take advantage of the generous benefits package available on the Scheme. The NHIS prides itself in covering over 95 per cent of disease conditions that exist in Ghana.
Dr Okoe Boye recounted the upward adjustment of NHIA medicine tariffs by some 30 per cent meant to ensure that health facilities will have essential drugs available to take care of the public. He emphasized that the best way to determine whether a social program like the NHIS is effective is to participate in it. He intends to keep faith with Ledzokuku residents and provide his professional services through consulting at the hospital.
The NHIS is undoubtedly a critical funding source for most public healthcare providers. LEKMA Hospital like many other health facilities is heavily reliant on NHIS card bearers whose patronage constitutes over eighty per cent (80%) of their internally generated funds that sustains the running of the facility.
Assumption of Office
The former Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku constituency in the Greater Accra Region was honoured by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to serve as the NHIA’s new Chief Executive.
The Governing Board on May 3, 2022, outdoored Hon. Dr Okoe Boye in pursuant to Section 14 (1) of the National Health Insurance Act, 2012 (Act 852).
Top of FormAs the youngest Chief Executive of the NHIA, the former Deputy Health Minister took over from Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby who was in charge since 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Hon. Dr Bernard Okoe Boye was a member of the NHIA Board and had chaired several strategic committee meetings.
Dr Okoe Boye who extensively interacted with staff and other external key stakeholders, unveiled his vision to make the NHIA the best public sector organization in Ghana.
He declared his ambition to empower staff, strengthen the NHIA brand, and leverage the organization’s resources to execute its strategic plan during his tenure.
“My vision is to make the NHIA, the most visible and reliable public organization with the most vibrant staff and I promise to evaluate the current structure of the Authority to make the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) more efficient.”
He promised to execute what he described as the [email protected] agenda as the NHIS 20th Anniversary will be marked in the year 2023.
Dr Okoe Boye explained the [email protected] as Digitization, Development, Data, Dissemination, and Decentralization at 20 years of the existence of the NHIS.
Since he took over, NHIA staff across the board have hailed his stellar performance so far and called for proactive measures to improve their welfare.
Source: NHIA CORPORATE AFFAIRS
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