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