Yesterday I blogged about a news article in a prominent Ghanaian newspaper that suggested that the future of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was uncertain under the newly elected government in Ghana. The news article in question prompted an immediate action from the NHIA, the implementing agency of the NHIS, to dispel any fears that the future of the program is in doubt. An editorial in today’s paper covers the response of the agency.

What is the most remarkable of this story, I believe, is that it gives a sense of how the development of democratic institutions, a relatively free press, and clearly defined chains of command for health has influenced the power dynamics in Ghana. Public opinion can now have a direct and immediate influence on health services and this is a clear manifestation of this phenomenon in action.

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