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ICU Kicks Against Increment of NHIS Levy

The General Secretary of The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union, ICU, Solomon Kotei, said the increment of the NHIS levy from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent is not justified and The Union will kick against the proposed one percent increment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) levy.

According to him, the ICU is not in favour of the increment the one

percent increment and before the one percent can be effective, it has to go to parliament for some acts to be passed but as at now, the NHIA is doing consultation. Mr. Kotei noted that “we are not ready to have any additional one percent”.

Interacting with journalists some weeks ago, NHIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Samuel Annor revealed that the current contribution is woefully inadequate to fund the scheme. The NHIA boss said the government is currently deliberating on the proposal submitted and hopes that by March 2018, a decision would have been made on the proposal.

He admonished civil society and the public to influence the decision that will be made by the government by letting it know what the public wants.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is currently holding consultations across the country on the proposal to increase the levy by a percentage to be able to sustain the Health Insurance Scheme.

Solomon Kotei said they will go and give their opinion in Parliament since they have no hidden agenda to hit the street.

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