Oyo makes health insurance compulsory for residents

Abiola Olowe, Ibadan

In a bid to reducing out – of – pocket expenditure on health, the Oyo state government has declared Health Insurance compulsory for every resident of the State.

The Executive Secretary of Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Olusola Akande made this known at the maiden press briefing of the Agency at the Agency’s office located in Onireke, Ibadan.

Briefing newsmen on the vision and mission of the Agency, Dr Akande observed that as a responsible and responsive arm of government, the agency set out to ensure universal coverage and access to affordable and quality care.

He disclosed that the major objective of the Agency is to ensure equity, standard, protection as well as limiting the rise in the cost of health care services.

Dr Akande also analysed the benefits of the scheme to include treatment of common ailments and conditions not requiring treatment by a specialist consultant, ante-natal care for pregnant women and unassisted deliveries, secondary and tertiary care for all specialist treatments including intermediate surgical procedures and lots more.

He noted that in order to facilitate quality healthcare delivery, the Agency deployed modalities to renovate about 99 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and equip them with modern equipment which would create job opportunities for about 99 Medical officers, 99 Pharmacist, 198 Nurses and 198 Midwives and other cadre of health workers.

The agency boss also highlighted that it was compulsory for every employers of labour to procure a health plan for their employees as part of the law that established the Agency and the cost of registration for the scheme is N7800 premium per annum; however the scheme allows a reduction in premium for families and those that will come as a group.

Dr Akande also listed the six selected Health Maintenance Organization, HMO for the programme as Clearline International Ltd HMO, Healthcare International Ltd, International Health Management Services Ltd, Mediplan Healthcare Ltd, Ultimate Health Management Services Ltd, and United Healthcare International Ltd, all within the Ibadan Metropolis.

He reiterated that enrollees would have to wait for a period of 30 days after completion of registration before they can begin to enjoy the benefit package.

It would be recalled that Oyo State Government signed the state health insurance into law in December 2016 and the Agency’s Scheme was flagged off on May 25, 2017 by Governor Abiola Ajimobi as part of events marking his 6th year anniversary as governor of the State