The Government of Ghana has launched a new online self-enrolment portal designed to make registration onto and renewal of existing membership of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The “MyNHIS app” enables users to enrol with the NHIS using their mobile phones, instead of having to do so at an NHIS District Office.
The app will also enable members of the NHIS to renew their membership and that of third parties, access frequently asked questions (FAQs), locate all NHIS Offices and link NHIS cards to their Ghana cards.
The app was launched by the Vice President Bawumia in Tamale.
“At present, over 16 million people are active members of the scheme, representing 54% of the population, an increase from 40% in 2019. Out of this number, over 80% are old members who used the mobile application to renew their membership.” he said.
“This has reduced the queue as well as the crowd at the offices of the NHIS, especially at the Tamale NHIS Metro Office where we used to see old men and women, pregnant women, the physically challenged queuing from as early as 3:00am just to have the cards renewed in order to access healthcare. Digitalization has made it possible by just dialing *929# and follow through the process to instantly renew your card without travelling to the office to queue.”
“The new NHIS mobile app will operate on both Android and iOS smartphones and will allow NHIS members to securely pay registration and membership renewal fees from their mobile money wallets, Bank and Visa cards.” he added.
*At the time of publishing, the app is currently non available on the iOS store. Will update once its available*