Medical Professionals Reject Health Insurance Scheme

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Medical professionals including Pharmacists, Medical laboratory Scientists and Nurses in Ondo State

have rejected some aspects of the State Contributory Health Scheme bill pending before the State House of Assembly.

They described the bill as oppressive, highly discriminatory and misleading.

At a news conference in Akure, the state capital yesterday,the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN),

the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) and the National Association of

Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria (NANMN) said membership and chairmanship of the proposed the Board of

the Health Insurance Scheme should be opened to all health professionals rather than only medical doctors as proposed in the bill.

Speaking on behalf of the Health Professional Representatives, Pharmacist Samuel Adekola who is also

the National Vice Chairman of PSN, noted that the health professionals’ bodies equally demanded

prohibition of global capitation as a means of payment in the implementation of the Scheme.

Adekola said they had made their position known to the state House of Assembly and the Speaker,

Bamidele Oloyelogun through a paper presentation at a public hearing on the bill.

He called on the lawmakers to make necessary correction to the bill before passage.

His words”We strongly advocate for the deletion of the Mis-leadings definition of Medical Practitioner as captured in the draft bill.

Since, the decree 10 of 1985 which stipulates that only medical practitioners are medically qualified

to be heads of medical institutions in Nigerian is well known to be highly discriminatory, sectional,

oppressive and limiting the right of individual health professional in attaining administrative

positions, and in any case the obstinate decree is currently being challenged in court”

Adekola said, “We equally recommend that the board as stipulated in the draft bill be changed to Agency

and be headed by chairman who must be a person of proven integrity and a professional in any field of Health”.

“The composition of the board must reflect representatives of the four major health Services

professional bodies namely NANMN, AMSLN, NMA and PSN”.

He recommended the prohibition of global capitation as a means of payment at any given time under any

disguise in the implementation of the scheme.

According to him, the operational guidelines must strictly adhere to this prohibition.

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