In Ghana, National Health Insurance Act 852 of 2012 ensures that health-care benefits include family planning (FP) services, however people continue to pay for FP services because the policy is yet to be implemented in practice. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Authority in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service, Marie Stopes International-Ghana and the Population Council implemented a pilot project to remove FP service out-of-pocket costs. All modern clinical FP methods were added to national health insurance and expensed by health facilities through the national health insurance claims process. The intervention significantly increased the number of new acceptors of FP services and increased uptake of specific methods. According to this report, the pilot also demonstrated that FP can be included in the national health insurance benefits package without setbacks as health facilities were able to process their claims. As stakeholders consider scaling up the intervention of including FP into the national health insurance benefits package, it is important to assess the availability of FP services and readiness of health facilities for the scale-up.
Population Council, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, National Health Insurance Authority, and Marie Stopes International Ghana. 2021. "Inclusion of family planning within the National Health Insurance benefits package in Ghana: A health facility assessment," research report. Accra: Population Council.