We Will Not Cancel Capitation- NHIA Responds To Senior Minister

The National Health Authority has refuted the claims of Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo that government will soon cancel the capitation program currently being ran in the Ashanti region.

According to Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Mahama led administration did not expand the capitation program because it wasn’t successful.

“We have met and discussed… If you implement something and  its good, you take it elsewhere, the  capitation grant that was brought  to the Ashanti Region  didn’t yield any results. If you implement something and it  doesn’t work, you don’t take it elsewhere;  you will hear from government on it. We will cancel it. Very soon you hear from government on the way forward,” he said.

But reacting to the claim on an Accra based Starr FM, the deputy public affairs director of the NHIA, Oswald Essumah Mensah, said the necessary consultations and preparations have been made to begin the expansion of the program across the country.

“There were challenges that engulfed the implementation of the program at the time it was being implemented. Since then, we have tried to learn the lessons as to why the program wasn’t that successful in the Ashanti region. About two years ago, we had some funding from the USAID who assisted the NHIA to scale up capitation for the rest of the country. So there was a lot of lessons learnt from the experience in the Ashanti region which informed the fact that we had to do more extensive stakeholder engagement and public sensitization in a phased approach to be able to enroll it across the country.