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According to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Ghana Card will soon replace all other cards as the only way to access healthcare in Ghana.

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Card will be connected to the Ghana Card, according to the Vice President, and will eventually be phased out in favor of the Ghana Card as the only way to access healthcare in Ghana after it has fully insured the whole population.

During his keynote address at the NHIS Active month celebration held in Tamale on Monday, December 5, 2022, Bawumia made this revelation. He also introduced a new app, MY NHIS, a locally developed digital platform that enables Ghanaians to register for the NHIS from anywhere in the world without going to an NHIS office.

The app is intended to supplement the NHIS Mobile USSD renewal platform, which can also be used to register for the program from the convenience of your home.

Bawumia officially unveiled the homegrown ‘My NHIS’ digital platform at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale Dungu campus.

The MyNHIS app, Dr Bawumia explained, serves as an NHIS office in one’s home or pocket.

“The new NHIS mobile app will operate on both Android and iOS smartphones and will allow NHIS members to securely pay registration and membership renewal fees from their mobile money wallets, Bank and Visa cards.

“Embedded in the MyNHIS app is a member authentication feature to enable healthcare providers validate the membership status of members of the scheme before providing healthcare to them. This feature of the application will also help to reduce spurious claims, ranging from impersonation and claims manufacturing resulting from collusion between NHIS clients and healthcare providers. We believe that this milestone will accelerate progress towards our quest to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, he indicated.

In his remarks, Bawumia emphasized the importance of linking the Ghana and NHIS cards for both current and future NHIS participants.

“When all members of the Scheme are linked to their Ghana Cards, the NHIS card will be phased out and the Ghana Card will be the sole card for accessing healthcare services in the credentialled healthcare facilities. We are very keen on making sure we can improve access to quality healthcare delivery. Digitalization of our hospitals and medical records at the public health facilities is on course.” Bawumia said.

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