MINISTER FOR HEALTH INAUGURATES NATIONAL MEDICINE PRICE COMMITTEE GOVERNING BOARD


The minister of health, hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu has inaugurated 22 governing

board members of national medicine price committee to manage the medicine and other

health technology pricing system in Ghana. The purpose of the committee is to provide participants

with an understanding of pricing strategies and improved and promote affordability of medicines in the country.

Ghana’s national medicine policy recommends that medicine pricing governance mechanism be improved

to promote affordability of medicines in Ghana. This is targeted at promoting the sustainability of the national health

insurance scheme as well as efficiency and value for money.

The policy outlines a number of pricing strategies for optimizing prices of medicines in Ghana necessitating the need

for a guideline on pricing to operationalize these strategies in a manner that facilitates the work of the national

medicines price committee.

According to him, this will also separate the price of medicine from overhead based on price component analysis to

inform pricing strategies within health care and improve the national health insurance scheme.

Speaking to anfrebeats.com at the inauguration, on. Kwaku Agyeman Manu said the new board will develop

pricing guidelines taking into consideration health technology assessment in determining or recommending pricing

recommending pricing of medicine and other health technologies alongside other factors such as the market forces

and urged the new board members to continue monitoring and evaluation of medicine prices.

Story By: Prince Baffour Asamoah

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