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Rural Elders in Agate, Ghana, Discuss the National Healthcare Insurance Scheme
Journal Qualitative Research in Medicine and Health
  • Eileen Smith-Cavros, Nova Southeastern University
  • Joyce Avorti-Wuaku, Nova Southeastern University
  • Albert Wuaku, Florida Atlantic University
  • Amal Bhullar, Nova Southeastern University
Department
Conflict Resolution Studies
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Abstract
This paper investigates the Ghanaian National Healthcare Insurance Scheme (NHIS) through interviews with 28 elders over 50 years old with pre-existing illnesses in Agate, a rural village in Ghana. Our goals were to obtain snapshot views of the lives, in relation to health, wellness, and NHIS, of participants. Elders possessed reasonable information about NHIS. For most enrollees, NHIS provided peace of mind against financially-related health challenges, however, inability to afford non-covered medicines sometimes interfered with treatment. Most interviewees, insured or not, reported continuing chronic health problems. Based on qualitative data, we describe possibilities to improve elder experiences including: transportation to medical care, increased drug coverage, and faith-based health partnerships.
Citation Information
Eileen Smith-Cavros, Joyce Avorti-Wuaku, Albert Wuaku and Amal Bhullar. "Rural Elders in Agate, Ghana, Discuss the National Healthcare Insurance Scheme" Journal Qualitative Research in Medicine and Health (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joyce-avotriwuaku/19/