Monday 25th September, 2017
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FG urged to redesign National Health Insurance Scheme

FG urged to redesign National Health Insurance Scheme

The Federal Government has been urged to rede­sign a better way of mak­ing the National Health Insur­ance Scheme (NHIS) work in the country as it is
being implemented in Europe and other parts of the world.
A Pharmacist, Mustapha Ma­lik, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists. He noted that government policy on the scheme is to reduce the cost of drugs to beneficiaries.
According to him “It is highly commendable, the biggest prob­lem pharmacists are facing in the implementing the programme has to do with the point of pay­ment from the intermediaries or vendors of the scheme.”
Pharmacist Malik lamented that most of these vendors of the scheme have defaulted in the payment of the money meant for the scheme or even at worst, ab­sconded at the detriment of the pharmacy who supplied them the drugs.
He also suggested that the fed­eral government should intro­duce a cooperative bank that will be paying the pharmacy monthly or quarterly so as to ensure full success of the programme.
Speaking further, Pharmacist Malik appealed to the federal government to urgently do some­thing about the rising rate of the Dollar against the Naira which he regretted was now affecting and killing the health sector in particular and other areas of the economy. He also blamed the current high rate of death in the country on the high cost of drugs which most patients cannot avoid and have to resort to local herbs which in most cases end up de­stroying their kidney and liver.
The medical expert however advocated the reversal of the pol­icy of appointment of Doctors as Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of hospitals in the country to the situation in the past where direc­tors of administration were at the helms of affairs of teaching hospi­tals and not necessarily medical doctors.
 
 
 
 

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