Lagos set to compulsory health insurance scheme


The Lagos State Government is about to unveil its Compulsory Health Insurance Scheme that will avail Lagos residents access to quality healthcare.

The move was revealed by the state Ministry of Health at a media capacity-building workshop, it organized.

“Lagos has the largest population of health workers but inadequate for what needs to be done. The bulk of our budget in health goes to payment of salary, that is why we considered health insurance.

“Before now, we have always run free health services for health workers and members of the public. But we realise that nothing is free; we do not have the amount of money required to run free health services. That is why at this stage everybody must contribute,’’ the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said.

Continued: “Full subsidies for five per cent coverage of the very poor. Single person will pay N8,500 while additional family member is N6,000.

“Public servants in the state will pay 25 per cent of their contributions, while the government pays 75 per cent.

“The scheme will cover antenatal and postnatal care, normal delivery and caesarean section, care of new born, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, immunisation, growth monitoring and promotion.”


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