Health Care Federation of Nigeria

NHIS meeting ABujaThe National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was formally launched in 2005 as a vehicle for increased access to affordable and quality health care.

Though armed with the mandate to achieve universal health coverage, it covers only 4.5 million people (approx.) or less than 4% of the population.

Of this figure, majority of the enrolled citizens are federal government employees through the formal sector social health insurance scheme.

However, with a US-styled federal system, the constituent and federating 36 states’ participation has been optional than mandatory. This is as a result of the fact that significant autonomy and considerable authority over allocation and utilization of resources lie within their purview. This has created a situation where the poor and those in the informal sector have been left out of the health insurance net.

As a result, the Workshop, (on June 23rd 2015) is geared to explore the option of state-supported health insurance schemes with a significant focus on the poor and the informal sector. Representing the HFN is the President, Clare Omatseye sitting as a Panelist on the ‘National Health Insurance Scheme and Universal Health Coverage’ session. 


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