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Nigeria’s health insurance policy a failure — Lawmaker

The Chairman of Cross River State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Social Welfare and Women Affairs, Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey said Health Insurance Scheme needs to be implemented in Nigeria to alleviate the suffering of citizens who cannot afford to pay for their own medical expenses.

He said this during USAID Health Financing Workshop in Abuja on Friday,
February 10th 2016 while speaking with newsmen.

Bassey said although Health Insurance Scheme has its own bottlenecks, but
the objective is laudable if it is improved as it will have positive
impact on the health of Nigerians.

He also said lawmakers like him have a key role to play in coming up with
legal framework to improve Health Care finances so that people will not
struggle to pay medical bills.

Also at the event, the Chief of Party of USAID, Gafar Alawode said there
are a lot of challenges preventing Nigeria from achieving Universal
Health Care coverage.

Alawode said frameworks and policy that would help develop the health
sector are not implemented, there is poor financing and political
commitment is a problem.

He said for health care to improve in the Country, the political class and
major health stakeholders needs to come together to provide financial help
and also implement policies.

Commissioner of Health in Sokoto State, Balarabe Kakale on his part said
more revenue has to be pumped into Health Care to improve its poor state.

He also said the Health Care system needs to increase transparency and
accountability so that it can improve. He said the value of money has to
increase.

Kakale also said if 15% of Abuja generation of health care revenue is
implemented by the Federal Government and State Government, children,
women and adults will be healthier.

He also said the workforce in Nigeria will be able to generate more
revenue if the hitches besieging Health Care is addressed properly.

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