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Health Insurance for non-resident visitors not yet approved – Okoe Boye

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Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the Minister of Health, has stated that the compulsory health insurance for visitors who are not residents is currently just a suggestion from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and is awaiting cabinet approval.

Contrary to previous reports, the policy that would require all non-resident foreigners entering Ghana to secure a mandatory health insurance, with premiums ranging from  $45 and $270  is not yet in effect and would only start from July 1, 2024 if passed

However, in a press release dated Tuesday, June 18, 2024 and signed by the Health Minister, Dr Bernard Okoe, the Ministry of Health clarified that the “recent announcement regarding mandatory health insurance policy for non-resident visitors is a proposal from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and not a policy of government.”

“While the proposal aims to ensure that foreign nationals have access to healthcare during their stay in Ghana, it is important to note that it has not yet been discussed or approved by Cabinet.

“We urge the public to disregard any misinformation that may suggest that the policy has been finalised and its mode of implementation settled,” the statement by the Health Minister read.

“We assure the public that any policy and its implementation shall be thoroughly scrutinized and taken through all necessary protocols to establish its benefits for the people of Ghana before being settled on,” the Health Minister’s statement further read.

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