The present governing body in Ghana, steered by Akufo-Addo, has been accused of illicitly procuring funds from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Minority faction in Parliament conducted a press conference on March 30, 2023, and claimed that an amount exceeding GH¢4 billion had been funneled from the NHIS between 2018 and 2022. This malpractice may give rise to the failure of the scheme, as per the Minority.
Opposing lawmakers have accused the Akufo-Addo administration of encroaching on NHIS funds since 2018. A senior member of Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, expressed disquietude that the NHIS could crumble due to the unlawful diversion of funds. Akandoh furnished a detailed account of the sum appropriated by the government from NHIS funds in recent years, stating that in 2018, GH¢197 million was appropriated; in 2019, GH¢752 million was appropriated; in 2020, GH¢277 million was appropriated; in 2021, GH¢1.1 billion was appropriated, and in 2022, GH¢1.7 billion was appropriated. Altogether, the government has purportedly garnered over GH¢4 billion from the NHIS since 2018.
Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Majority Chief Whip, has repudiated the allegations leveled by the Minority faction and pledged that the Majority faction will provide a rejoinder to the claims in due course.