Former President John Dramani Mahama has pledged his government’s resolve to establish a robust and affordable healthcare system should the National Democratic Congress (NDC) be voted into power in the next general elections, ABC NEWS can report.
The NDC’s presidential candidate avers that the country’s healthcare system, as it stands currently, is not in the best of conditions hence his promise to implement policies that will see the system work better.
He made reference to health financing, especially with the National Health Insurance Scheme and said the current capping policy of the system is not best.
He submits that the subscriber base of the policy has increased hence the need for a proper and sustainable source of funding.
According to John Mahama, the NDC, should it come to power in 2021 will opt for a new source of funding for the scheme.
He made the remarks when he met members of the Ghana Medical Association at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra Monday.
The two-hour closed-door meeting saw the parties discuss a wide range of issues in the health sector and how the sector could be improved.
In his briefing to the media, the former president indicated that the meeting was to hear from the health professionals the bane of the sector and to solicit their views which will inform the design of the NDC’s manifesto and subsequently, the formation of his government’s policies if he ascends the throne as president.
“On day one after 7th January when we leave the independence square what key policies in all the sectors are we going to start implementing in order that we bring things in place to guarantee that our people have access to all the benefits of the various sectors that we are looking at.
“That is one of the reasons for this interaction and it will not be the last one because I’m sure that now our policy working group on health will want to sit with you and crunch the details of this initial discussion that we are having and whatever will come out of it will feed into our manifesto,” Mr Mahama said.
“…And as the chairman said, it will be a bottom-up manifesto. We don’t think that it will be good to make it top-to-bottom; it must be bottom-up so that we incorporate what the genuine opinions of people who are working in those particular sectors have to influence government policies so that when we are implementing the policies you don’t only own it but you know that you have been a part of drawing the policy,” he added.