NHIA to provide free dialysis for individuals under 18 and over 60 starting in June


The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has announced that starting June 1, 2024, until December 2024, individuals under 18 and over 60 suffering from kidney diseases will receive eight free dialysis sessions per month under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).


In March, Parliament approved GHC 6.87 billion for the NHIA to cover health insurance claims and related activities for the year. This budget includes, for the first time, emergency support for dialysis patients in need, as part of the 2024 distribution formula.


Approximately GHC 2 million of this budget has been earmarked for dialysis treatment in public health facilities.


A statement from the NHIA highlighted that this initiative is part of their 20th anniversary celebration. “As part of NHIA’s 20th anniversary, the NHIA has allocated an additional GHC 400,000 from the scheme’s corporate social responsibility budget to support this initiative,” the statement read.


“Patients under 18 and over 60 will receive all eight free dialysis sessions per month under the NHIS from June to December 2024.”


The NHIA projects the monthly cost of dialysis for this patient category to be GHC 144,354, with the cumulative cost by the end of December 2024 estimated to be around GHC 1.01 million.

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