In less than a year, Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme, has registered more than 80,000 public sector enrollees after it began operations, said its Executive Secretary, Dr Zuoboemi Agadah.
Agadah made this disclosure in Yenagoa, on Wednesday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with an Heath Maintenance Organisation, United Healthcare International for the scheme’s technical support.
The State Government started an health insurance scheme for its workforce in June 2017 with a plan to extend the scheme to cover the informal sector in due course.
He, said that the enrollment was ongoing, added that the feedback from the registration desk was encouraging. In spite of the growing number of enrollees in the scheme, government had also met its financial obligations to health care providers.
According to him, feedback from the enrollees and other stakeholders in the health sector, shows that the scheme is doing well. He attributed the success so far recorded to the adoption of the template already put in place by the National Health Insurance Scheme of the Federal Government.
Saidging that the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme was also collaborating with other states of the federation where similar schemes were being run. As such collaboration was to overcome the teething problems of the scheme for the benefit of stakeholders.
Agadah applauded the United Healthcare International for its expertise and support for the scheme since inception in June 2017, resulting in high standards in its overall implementation. The scheme made available quality and affordable health care to enrollees, who paid just 10 per cent of the cost of drugs in addition to the monthly premiums paid by civil servants.
He also lauded Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa for establishing the scheme, adding that plans had reached an advanced stage to cover the private sector.