NHI now covers childhood cancers and sickle cell treatment – Vice President Bawumia announces – InsuranceNewsNet

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Treatments for childhood cancers and the cost of hydroxyurea, a key drug for the treatment of sickle cell disease, are now covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.

By announcing it on Thursday at AccraVice President Bawumia said reimbursement for childhood cancers under the NHIS began on July 2022and there were plans to add the treatment of other forms of cancer to the list of conditions covered by the NHIS.

“We have started with four childhood cancers at the moment, but we are determined to grow in due course. As we know, incremental improvement is always the way forward and exponential impact should not be compromised. in health care.

“The present and the future of our children can only be secured if all the factors that threaten their existence and their quality of life are eliminated. We are determined to get there and we must not give in,” he said. added.

A diagnosis of cancer often feels like a death sentence, affecting not only the subject, but the rest of the family and the whole community, unless well-structured and well-resourced interventions are in play to reduce the burden. In many developing countries, cancer is on the increase and its consequences on economies are and will be serious if nothing is done to control it, explained the vice-president.

“Where countries have tried to curb it, the perception of extremely exorbitant management costs has meant that many underfunded countries have often avoided opening Pandora’s box for fear of not being able to manage these costs. Childhood cancers in particular have had a significant rate of achievement of desired management outcomes and often at manageable costs.

“I’m glad that as a nation we put our children first and protect them and their dreams. Sometimes it’s good to look at the value of investments and not just the cost,” he said. note.

Dr Bawumia urged all stakeholders to contribute their resources to ensure the success and sustainability of the programme, stressing that “for most things to be sustainable, funding is necessary: ​​good funding streams enable projects to to be supported and the same goes for childhood cancers. This forces us to be collectively innovative in delivering solutions and investing in them and all the other factors that will ensure the best results.

Highlighting the importance of technology, effective collaboration and data in health management, Dr. Bawumia noted that there are multiple players in the health sector who need data for valuable investments, revenue-generating health data for some countries.

“Clinical trials, research and budgeting all require data. But data is not valuable if it is just that, and not useful. I will encourage us to prioritize the collection of data related to childhood cancers and to other cancers to make sure investments in healthcare are right For a middle-income country, every cedi we spend needs to be well thought out and the data will allow us to do that.

“Reducing waste is a key way to enable the efficiency we want, which will ultimately support the sustainability of this journey we’ve embarked on.

“It will be critical for us to have industry-standard platforms across the private and public sectors that enable easy access and high-quality data that informs future work. Population-level data mining and its analysis will enable favorable investment and the development of strategies that are having a direct impact on our people,” he noted.

The desire to ensure a greater geographical distribution of access to healthcare, in particular for people requiring specialized care and medicines, has motivated initiatives such as One Constituency One Ambulance, medical drones for the delivery of essential medical and blood supplies, and the Agenda 111 projects, which would enable the construction of district hospitals in all districts that do not have them, as well as the construction and/or upgrading of regional hospitals across the country, he said.

“The government is also showing leadership and a strong commitment to address geographic access limitations through Agenda 111 and we are keen to move this forward and make it a reality. In these facilities that will be put in place, we will seek to provide all relevant and priority services and consider how we could also help improve the fight against cancer, including childhood cancers in Ghana“, he promised.

Vice President Bawumia congratulated the First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addothe Minister and Ministry of Healththe Chairman of the NHIA Board of Directors and his team, the CEO of NHIA, Childhood cancer around the world, rock and all the employees for having contributed to the realization of this initiative which saves lives.

“What we have achieved here is no small feat and we should not underestimate it,” he stressed.

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