NHIS develops 10-year strategic plan to achieve universal health coverage  

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has developed a 10-Year Strategic Plan to serve as a road map to achieve universal health coverage for all Nigerians. 

Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Executive Secretary of the scheme, said this at a news conference in Abuja.

“The scheme has developed a 10-year strategic plan from 2020 to 2030 which serves as a road map for achieving its mandate.

“The implementation of the plan has commenced as efforts to attain the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria is now well focused and the milestones can easily and accurately be tracked.’’

Sambo said that when he assumed office in July 2019, he unfolded a three-point rebranding agenda to enable him transform and reorient the scheme towards realising its core mandate.

“Part of the transformation was restoring a valve system that would transform the scheme into a credible and result-oriented organisation.

“Others were: engendering transparency and accountability in the entire operation of the scheme.

“In an effort to address lingering issues in the scheme, it did recruitment of relevant medical staff which was grossly in short supply especially in the state offices.

“The scheme also did aggressive and strategic capacity building for staff.”

The Executive Secretary said that the NHIS now has a strong financial management system and has addressed many identified operational lapses such as the delay in payment of Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs), providers and denial of service to enrollees.

He said the delay in accreditation and reaccreditation of HMOs and HealthCare Partners (HCP), limited knowledge of enrollees rights and obligations, poor treatment of enrollees by HCP, and delay in issuance of referral codes by HMOs were all addressed.

The NHIS Boss explained that the scheme went further to develop a comprehensive digital technology infrastructure called the e-NHIS.

The infrastructure, developed by NigComSat and its partners, automates health insurance business processes in the country.

Among other achievements, according to Sambo, was the launch of a new innovation programme known as the Group Individual and Family Social Health Insurance Programme (GIFSHIP).

“The programme was designed to bring the informal sector into health insurance; individuals, families, groups, associations and many others. Nigerians in the diaspora can contribute to the programme,’’ he said.

He said the NHIS also established an innovative platform known as Insurance Under One Roof (HIUOR).

The platform aggregates the efforts of all health insurance stakeholders, leveraging the e-NHIS and a common monitoring and evaluation framework to achieve universal health coverage.

The NHIS also disbursed 14.29 billion to benefitting states under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and developed the NHIS medicine supply initiative.

Sambo disclosed that the NHIS-Roche Cost Sharing Initiative has been unveiled in seven tertiary hospitals around the county including the National Hospital Abuja and University College Hospital Ibadan.

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