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The Health, Finance and Government ,HFG group, under the United States Agency for International Development, USAID has called on the Osun State House of Assembly to give speedy hearing and passage to the Health Insurance Scheme Bill, presented before it.

The call was made at the end of a two-day workshop organized for the state lawmakers, by the group, in partnership with Osun Health Insurance Agency, at the Osun State House of Assembly Complex in Osogbo.

The Legal Head of the group, Mrs. Abiola Giwa, highlighted the numerous benefits and practical approach to be adopted for the implementation of the insurance scheme.

Mrs. Giwa said a Public-Private Partnership, PPP, approach would be adopted, where everybody in the state, both in the formal and informal sectors, would be covered under the Social Health Insurance Scheme.

She said residents in paid employment would be required to pay 1.5 per cent of their monthly income, while their employers would add three percent to balance the 4.5 per cent monthly contribution demanded from enrollees of the scheme.

Mrs. Giwa explained that the scheme is a social insurance programme that covers everyone, irrespective of income, status or obligation, stressing that a single enrollment covers the father, mother and four children.

In his contribution, Executive Secretary of Osun Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Niyi Ogini, said if the bill for the establishment of the insurance scheme is passed, the scheme would be financed and sustained by contributions from enrollees, their employers, plus funds from the Federal Government, international donors and multi-national companies.

Commenting, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Mr. Leke Ogunsola noted that the health scheme would provide the people of the state with good healthcare benefits, as obtained  in developed countries, and quality healthcare service would be enjoyed by all residents of the state without spending more money.

Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam in his remarks said, the bill would be deliberated upon and that major stakeholders would be invited to a plenary section to review and analyse it.

Dr Salaam, however, said the technicalities in the bill had to be considered, sorted and worked on before it could be adopted and passed.

Funmi Adekoya

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