Mandatory Health Insurance for Foreigners: Cabinet Yet to Discuss Policy - Dr. Okoe-Boye

Ghana’s Ministry of Health has clarified rumours circulating that the ministry is to embark on a compulsory insurance policy for foreign nationals before they are admitted into the country.

A statement signed by the sector Minister, Bernard Okoe-Boye, said the proposal from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has not been implemented, hence, the general public should disregard the rumours that the Ministry of Health has already rolled it out.

Excerpts of the letter read, “The Ministry of Health would like to clarify that the recent announcement regarding a mandatory health insurance policy for non-Ghanaian resident visitors is a proposal from the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) and not a policy of government.”

The Ministry of Health stated that, while the proposal aims to ensure that foreign nationals have access to health care during their stay in Ghana, it is of great importance that the public knows that the policy is yet to be discussed and approved by cabinet.

“We urge the public to disregard any misinformation that may suggest that the policy has been finalized and its mode of implementation settled.

"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."