Lagos Assembly Approves Health Insurance Scheme Bill

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The Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) has approved the State Health Insurance Bill.

The bill consists of a basic, defined minimum benefit package of healthcare services for Primary Care.

However, the scheme would apply to all residents of the state, employees in the private and public sectors, the self-employed and the unemployed, when it becomes operational

Part of the highlight of the bill was that when passed into law, the scheme would provide healthcare services to contributors in direct proportion to their contributions.

According to the Chairman, LAHA’s Committee on Health Services, Mr Suuru Avoseh, it would allow the residents have access to good medical care through a health insurance scheme.

Also, Mr Rotimi Olowo, (APC-Shomolu I) suggested that the agency that would be managing the scheme should not be independent, but be under a ministry.

He said that the funds that would accrue to the agency should be properly monitored.

Similarly, Mr. Taiwo Kolawole, the Deputy Speaker, who presided at the plenary, however, told the clerk of the House to forward the bill to the Governor for his assent.

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