ICU to kick against proposed increase in NHIS levy


The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union says it will kick against the proposed one percent increment in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) levy.

The General Secretary of ICU), Solomon Kotei, said the increment of the NHIS levy from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent is not justified.

“What the ICU has expressed is that we are not in favour of the additional one per cent. ICU knows that 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 and what we feel about it, is that we are not ready to have any additional one percent, that’s all ICU have said.

“We have no hidden agenda to hit the street. Before it goes to parliament, we’ll go and give our opinion,” he told Accra-based Class FM.

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.

According to NHIA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Samuel Annor the current contribution is woefully inadequate to fund the insurance scheme.

Interacting with journalists in Accra two weeks ago, the NHIA boss said the government is currently deliberating on the proposal submitted and hopes that latest by March 2018, a decision would have been made on the proposal.

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