Accra, Nov. 27, GNA– A sustainable Health financing forum seeking to pave way on how healthsystems are financed as determinant for reaching universal health coverage hasopened in Accra.
The forum, organisedby the WHO would determine whether health services are available and whetherpeople could afford to use health services when they need them.
Speaking at theforum, Dr. Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo, Acting World Health Organisation (WHO)Representative to Ghana, said Ghana made a strong political, legislative, andfiscal commitment to reforming its health system to achieve Universal HealthCoverage (UHC).
It also implementedseveral reforms that included; the introduction of a public health insuranceprogramme for its population and earmarked significant revenues to finance thescheme.
However, Ghana wouldneed to mobilise additional revenues for the health sector by adoptingsustainable fiscal space expansion mechanisms.
Therefore, DrKimambo said pooling arrangement would be critical, specifically strategies toexpand population coverage with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)from its current 40 percent.
She said the linkand respective roles between funds for the NHIS and those allocated by the MOHdirectly to healthcare facilities needed to be clearly defined and aligned toenhance efficiency.
"There istherefore the need to enhance the stewardship of health financing systemthrough harmonised policies and strategies on the part of the MOH and improvecoordination of development partner support," she said.
Mr Kwaku AgyemangManu, the Minister of Health, said UHC addressed health care from equity andhuman rights perspectives, adding that, if it was well implemented it wouldfacilitate health care financing.
He said the MOH wasleading the country in the UHC roadmap of 2020 to 2030 to achieve universalhealth coverage of the Sustainable Development Goal on providing universalhealth care for all.
He said acomprehensive and coordinated approach was needed to achieve Universal HealthFinancing, and raising more funds for UHC was imperative, especially domesticfunds.
Mr Manu called foreffective use of domestic funds, saying "we also need to think aboutinnovative ways to expand our services to generate money internally for localhealth financing."
He noted that Ghanahad 85 health training institutions and could capitalise on that by exportingthe chunk of health workers trained in the institutions abroad to rake inforeign exchange, which could be channelled into domestic health financing.
The Minister saidGhana was in the process of situating its health care services abroad, and hadstarted the process to export nurses to Barbados and other Caribbean countries.

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