The Emergency Medicine Directorate of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital wants the government to prioritise emergency healthcare services under the National Health Insurance Scheme.
"For Komfo Anokye, we have a policy called red stamp policy and emergency drug packs, where some of the time-sensitive illnesses and injuries we see often we've put together drugs for them so you need not go and buy drugs if you don't have money but it doesn't cover all the injuries.
If somebody comes with head injury or if there's a situation we'd have to do a chest x-ray, you know, these are not covered by insurance so treating them becomes a challenge," he said.
Dr Osei-Ampofo was speaking at the first emergency medicine conference by the Emergency Medicine Society of Ghana in Kumasi, Ashanti Region capital.
Dr Osei-Ampofo advocates insurance cover for the first 48 hours to improve outcomes of patients with acute illnesses.
Emergency Medicine Consultant and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr George Oduro, want emergency care incorporated in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare training.
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