University of Ghana researchers publish new health and medicine study results (Is value-based payment for health care possible under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme? ): Health and medicine

2021 DEC 28 (NewsRx) – By a Journalist-Staff News Editor at Health and Medicine Business Daily – Investigators publish a new report on health and medicine. According to news from the University of Ghana by NewsRx correspondents, the research said: “Efficient payment mechanisms for health care are essential to the quality of care, as well as the efficiency and responsiveness of health systems to meet the needs of the population. specific health of the population. Since its inception, Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has adopted fee-for-service, diagnostic-group, and capitation methods, which have contributed to provider delays, increasing costs and poor quality of care provided to plan clients.

News correspondents obtained a research citation from University of Ghana: “The aim of this study was to explore stakeholder perceptions on the feasibility of value-based payment (VBP) for healthcare in Ghana. Value-based payment refers to a system in which healthcare providers are paid for the value of services rendered to patients rather than for the volume of services. This study used a transversal qualitative estimate. Stakeholders at the national level were deliberately selected for in-depth interviews. Participants included policy makers (n = 4), implementers (n = 5), public health insurers (n = 3), public and private health care providers (n = 7) and heads of organizations of civil society (n = 1). The interviews were recorded and transcribed. Data analysis was performed using both deductive and inductive thematic analysis. Data was analyzed using QSR NVivo 12 software. In general, participants considered that VBP was achievable if certain support systems were in place and potential implementation constraints were lifted. Although the concept of VBP was widely accepted, study participants reported that effective management of resources, incentives to motivate providers and empower the community were necessary to align VBP with the Ghanaian context. Weak electronic information systems and an underdeveloped health care infrastructure were seen as challenges for integrating PBV into the Ghanaian health system. Therefore, improving existing systems beyond health care, including public education, policy, data, finance, regulation, planning, infrastructure and stakeholder attitudes towards VBP , will affect the overall feasibility of VBP in Ghana.

According to reporters, the research concluded: “Value-based payment could be a feasible policy option for NHIS in Ghana if potential implementation challenges such as limited financial and human resources and underdeveloped health system infrastructure are resolved. Government support and capacity building of providers are therefore essential for the implementation of PVB in Ghana. Future feasibility and acceptability studies will need to take into account community and patient perspectives.

For more information on this research, see: Is Value-Based Payment for Health Care Possible under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme ?. Health research policies and systems, 2021.19 (1): 1-14. (Health Research Policies and Systems – The publisher of Health Research Policy and Systems is BMC.

A free version of this journal article is available at


Our editors report that more information can be obtained by contacting Yussif Issahaku, Department of Health Policy, Planning and management, School of Public Health, University of Ghana. Additional authors of this research include Andrea Thoumi, Gilbert Abotisem Abiiro, Osondu Ogbouji, Judge Nonvignon.

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