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Gabby Otchere-Darko Asks: “How Can It Be Real? Mandatory NHIS for Foreigners is Unbelievable”

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A prominent member of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has voiced concern over the suggested compulsory National Health Insurance Scheme requirement for foreign visitors to Ghana.

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Reportedly, the new policy mandates that foreign nationals entering Ghana must obtain a mandatory health insurance policy costing between $45 and $270 before entry, effective from Monday, July 1, 2024.

However, the steadfast NPP member, Mr. Otchere-Darko, publicly voiced his dissent regarding the government’s decision.

In a post on his X profile on Tuesday, June 18, he wrote, “Oh how? This has to be fake”.

Gabby Otchere-Darko / Photo Credit: Ghana Fact

Ghana implemented the compulsory health insurance policy to guarantee that all visitors receive essential healthcare services during their time in the country.

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The policy requires that all non-resident visitors entering Ghana must enroll in a program that grants them access to healthcare services free of charge.

It also applies to visitors entering through airports with either a visa or visa-on-arrival, depending on the duration of their stay in Ghana.

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), introduced the “National Non-resident Visitors Health Insurance” policy in February 2024.

The initiative specifically targets non-residents visiting Ghana for periods of less than six months within any 12-month period.

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