Health Insurance Scheme cautions HMOs against negligence
Following series of complaints pouring in from Nigerians to the desk of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the insurance scheme has sent stern warning to all Health Management Organizations (HMOs) operating in Nigeria, stating that any HMO that declines in treating enrollees with care, risks being de-listed from the scheme.
Addressing a standing committee meeting of HMOs in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, said the scheme has failed to impact positively on the health of Nigerians due to corrupt practices by HMOs.
Dr Yusuf, in a Channels TV report also warned medical doctors to live up to expectation by treating subscribers with utmost care, adding that the enrollees remain the focus of the health insurance scheme.
Although the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria did not agree with the scheme’s position, as the Chairman faulted Dr Yusuf’s opinion, saying the failure of the regulator is responsible for the state of the scheme in Nigeria.