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Medical services in Ghana are provided by the central government, local institutions, Christian missions (private non-profit agencies) and a relatively small number of private for-profit practitioners. Around 50% of the healthcare facilities in Ghana, which includes hospitals and clinics, are Ministry of Health institutions, with 40% being private sector and 9% mission institutions. The West African country’s health care expenditure per capita is US$67.

Medical facilities in Ghana are limited, particularly outside Accra, the capital. Investment in the health service in recent years has increased the geographic accessibility to health services: there are now two new district hospitals and 11 health centres upgraded to district hospitals, 126 new health centres, and three new regional hospitals (2007). In the most recent survey conducted in the period 1997–2009 there were nine doctors and 105 nurses and midwives per 100,000 members of Ghana’s population.

The Ministry of Health is the umbrella organisation for the Ghana Health Service (GHS). The GHS is the main implementing agency of the Ministry of Health.

National Health Insurance Scheme

In 2005 the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was introduced nationally with the aim of ensuring access to free basic health care services to all residents. People pay a levy of 2.5% on certain goods and services, and a 2.5% monthly payroll deduction. Those working in the informal economy can also contribute via a slightly different route. The poorest people, pregnant women and children are exempt from premium payment. The NHIS funds health services, including outpatient consultations, essential drugs, inpatient care and hospital beds, maternity care (including caesarean delivery) and eye, dental and emergency care. However, some services are excluded, often due to cost. Exclusions include cosmetic surgery, some drugs (including antiretroviral treatment), assisted reproduction and organ transplants.

The Government of Ghana has committed to scaling up HIV treatment. Evidence of a yellow fever vaccination is essential for travellers visiting Ghana.

In 2014 the infant mortality rate in the country stood at 44 per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy in the country was 63.8, placing it 112th out of 144 countries. The HIV prevalence rate was 1.5% of adults between 15 and 49 in 2014.

Some 43% of health care in Ghana was paid for by patients or funded by other non-governmental entities – such as private insurers, charities or employers – in 2012. Total health expenditure constituted 3% of GDP in 2013, of which 57% (US$47 per capita) was covered by the government. In 2013 public spending on health was 3% of GDP.

Ghana has signed and ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which includes ‘the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health’. The covenant commits signees to providing healthy and hygienic environmental conditions, controlling epidemic diseases, improving child health and facilitating access to health services without discrimination.

Health and Medical organisations in Ghana
6/6 Vision Ophtalmic Optician
Abba Scientific Promotions
Aboraa Hospital
Abotare Alternative Medical Centre
Agrata Natural Health Centre
Baatsonaa Medical Centre Ltd
Bejack Pharmacy
Biocrown Medical Diagnostic Laboratories Ltd
Central Dansoman Clinic
Diagnomedics Ltd
Dr. RK Assiamah Herbal Clinic
Equity Pharmacy Ltd
EXCEL Scientific Ltd
Franeva Chemists Ltd
Franklyn Medical Services
Fynba Hospital
Healthline Medical Ltd (Diagnostic Centre)
Interlab System Technologies Ltd
Jereme Chemist Ltd
Juabeng Government Hospital
Kumoji Hospital
Kwesimintsim Polyclinic
LaGray Chemical Co.
Lister Hospital & Fertility Centre
Manhyia District Hospital
Neptune Medical Centre
New Crystal Clinic
Obengfo Hospital
Paralad Hospital
Pro Vita Specialist Hospital
Senes Pharma Co. Ltd
Starwin Products Ghana Limited
Trevipharma Ltd
Wellnez Ghana