The spokesperson on Health for the NDC’s manifesto committee has said a percentage of revenue accrued from oil transactions will be used to fund the free primary healthcare policy promised by the party.

Sylvester Mensah who used to head the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) stated that the oil revenue will be complemented with other sources of funding.

The proposed policy of free primary healthcare was promised in the NDC manifesto dubbed “The People’s Manifesto: Jobs and Progress for all.”

Giving more details in an interview on Prime Morning Wednesday, Mr Mensah said, the Health Insurance Act, Act 852 of 2012 will be enforced to ensure that levies collected by the Finance Ministry are deposited within a month into the Health Insurance Fund.

He assured Ghanaians that the policy featured in the NDC manifesto would not suffer the fate of the NHIA’s ‘One Time Premium’ promise which did not see the light of day.

“In our policy, we are going to exclude the Health Insurance levy from all VAT exemptions.

“Going forward under an NDC government, God willing January next year we are going to exempt the HI levy from all exemptions. That is to say that when there is a VAT exemption it will not include the HI levy.

“We are also talking about assigning a percentage of our oil revenue to the Health Insurance Scheme and also legislate and assign a percentage of motor insurance premium as well as Vehicle Licence fee to support the Health Insurance Scheme” he stated.

The current administration was criticised for undertaking a non-capital expenditure meant for infrastructure into APFA to support the free SHS policy by the Akufo-Addo-led government.

Sylvester Mensah was of the view that the health of the citizens should be made an utmost priority even over education because, without life and good health, education would be meaningless.