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Table 1 Benefit under the free maternal care policy

From: Technical analysis, contestation and politics in policy agenda setting and implementation: the rise and fall of primary care maternal services from Ghana’s capitation policy

• No premium for fresh registration or renewal of membership
• No processing fee for registration or renewal
• Antenatal period: free antenatal, general services and medicines
• Delivery: free service and medicines, including caesarean
• Postnatal period: free services and medicines
• Full year cover no matter when pregnant woman registers
• Free care for the baby on mother’s NHIS ticket for 90 days
• Alternatively the baby can be treated free on the father or other designated guardian
• After 90 days the child can be registered as an individual under 18 (no premium but processing fee required)