The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has rubbished as untrue allegations by the Minority in Parliament that the Authority is diverting funds meant for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to pay allowances of trainee nurses.
Government last year restored the monthly allowance for trainee nurses which was cancelled by the Mahama administration in 2014. The cancellation of the allowance became a key element of the Akufo-Addo campaign, igniting interest among nurses and parents.
The accusations of the Minority comes at a time when the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) is on head on collision with the NHIA for wanting to increase the levy on the salaries of formal sector workers to fund the NHIS. The NHIA plans to hike the Health Insurance levy by 1% moving it from 2.5% to 3.5%—meaning workers will pay 3.5% of their 17.5% contribution from the tier one pension fund to run the NHIS.