Mar 02, 2013 at 7:39am
Capitation policy piloted in Ashanti region will be the best if well managed - KATH
The Public Relations Officer of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Kwame Frimpong says the Capitation policy being piloted by the government in the Ashanti region has the potential to be one of the best policies for the National Health Insurance Scheme and accredited healthcare facilities if well managed.

According to him, it provides an opportunity for managers and owners of healthcare facilities who prudently run their facility to make profit out of the policy to sustain themselves in business.

Speaking to Radio Ghana in Kumasi, Mr. Frimpong explained that health facility managers can adopt the preventive care approach by which they can conscientize their clients and patients to adopt lifestyles that would reduce their rate of contracting preventable illnesses.

When this is done, hospital attendances would greatly reduce with they, the managers, being the financial beneficiaries of the Health Insurance Scheme.

Under the Capitation policy, each hospital or health centre accredited by the NHIA is allotted a specific number of subscribers who opt for its services. The NHIA then advances the capitated rate for all such subscribers to the hospital every month to cater for the health acre of such people irrespective of whether such subscribers would fall sick and visit the facility in that month or not.

Mr. Frimpong noted however, that the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital does not gain much from the policy because the facility is tertiary healthcare provider whose focus is on specialized care, most of which are not covered by the new policy. He said the capitation covers only primary healthcare.

The KATH PRO said the hospital has had to share its attention among its core mandate of providing practical training and teaching for students of the medical school of the KNUST, research and specialist healthcare.

The hospital is now complementing lower healthcare facilities to provide primary care. He said Ashanti region currently has no fully fledged Regional Hospital, while most of the hospitals are makeshift.

Mr. Frimpong noted for instance, that KATH has been recording an average of 12 thousand deliveries annually in the past four years with about 70 per cent of all such cases not meriting the attention of that hospital, but for the inadequate number of the proper hospitals to take care of such cases.

Mr. Frimpong expressed the hope that when a Regional Hospital, second Military Hospital and district hospitals are provided, the avoidable pressure on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital will ease.

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