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Lagos set for affordable care through insurance



Lagos set for affordable care through insurance


The Lagos State Government is set to implement the Lagos State Health Insurance scheme in the next two months to enable residents access health care without any financial barrier.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this recently during a media training workshop organised by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Health Finance and Governance, which held in Lagos.

He said, “This is a scheme that comes for N40, 000 for family of six and when it is broken down gives you less than N7, 000 per person per year; so, it is a benefit package that takes care of the family for health care problems in the state as well as some selected health care services.”

He said that the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Bola Tinubu had the intension to make it free for all the residents in Lagos and it was expensive. “Funding a health centre is huge expenditure and it is the responsibility of everybody.

“This is the essence of the Health Insurance Scheme that we are about to launch in Lagos State. People should know what their role is, how they should engage in the process,” adding, “what we are doing today is very essential.”

Idris said, “People must enroll, we are going to start telling them now how to enroll and what they need to contribute.”

According to Idris, clients in the scheme have a choice of providers in both the public and private sector so that more people will have access to see the doctor.

“We are starting with the basic care; the basic care is over 70 per cent of our people that can be treated at the primary health care (PHC) level.

“We are trying to introduce a referral system whereby you refer people from PHC to secondary care level to tertiary level. We are trying to put order into the system. We are trying to introduce quality and these are the things people need to know.”

Speaking further, the commissioner for health in Lagos State said, “It is mandatory but people should understand why it is so. We are making it mandatory; there are countries that do not have resources that we have like Ghana and Luanda which started these scheme and they have good coverage; we can do it in this country and in Lagos state.”

The General Manager, Lagos State Health Management Agency, (LASHMA), Dr. Peju Adenusi said, “The Lagos state health insurance scheme is a scheme that has been designed to provide quality health care services, equity of health care services.

“Which means that it is regardless of whom you are, you have access to health care.

“It is a great opportunity for us to come together in solidarity to provide healthcare and talking about the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme is a tool in achieving it in Lagos state.

Mrs. Harriet Udeme of Health Finance Governance said that there were competitive needs and that was why the government could not meet up, adding that Nigeria was one of those countries that want to achieve UHC by 2030.

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