FREE MATERNAL CARE POLICY
Thousands of women die each year in pregnancy and childbirth. Most of them die because they had no access to skilled routine and emergency care.
Untill the introduction of the Free Maternal Care in Ghana, some pregnant women waited till very late into their pregnancy before reporting for ante-natal care while others failed to go for laboratory test because of lack of funds. Maternal death arises due to complications of pregnancy or delivery.
The Free Maternal Policy was introduced in Ghana as part of measures to help achieve the adopted by UN member countries in the year 2000. The MDGs are to encourage development by improving in social and economic conditions, especially in the world’s poorest countries.
Ghana’s Free Maternal Care policy was introduced into the Nation Health Insurance scheme to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality.
OBJECTIVES OF THE FREE MATERNAL CARE POLICY
WHO BENEFITS FROM THE FREE MATERNAL CARE?
The NHIS Free Maternal Care programme is open to all pregnant women resident in Ghana. Those who can access care under the programme are:
WHICH HEALTH FACILITIES PROVIDE FREE MATERNAL CARE?
Pregnant women are entitled to free health service in all NHIS accredited healthcare facilities. These facilities may be public, mission or private.
WHICH PERIOD DOES THE FREE MATERNAL CARE COVER?
From the period the women is certified by a doctor/nurse/midwife to be pregnant up till nine months after child birth.
Emergencies during delibery and all other medical problems that would arise within this period would be covered under the programme.
HOW TO ACCESS THE FREE MATERNAL PROGRAM
Attend NHIS accredited hospital, clinic or maternity home with NHIS card and receive
Newly-born babies will continue to access free health care for the first three months after
Credit: National Health Insurance Authority,Ghana