Lagos State Government has sought partnership with private sector operators in implementing the recently unveiled mandatory health insurance scheme in the state.
According to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, the scheme can achieve a high success rate with the partnership of operators in the private sector.
Describing present infrastructure in the public healthcare system as insufficient to meet the needs of enrolees, Idris said some equipment in private hospitals were being under-utilised, and will find good use for the public when deployed for the scheme.
Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), in Lagos, Idris explained that the policy of government is to ensure that each ward has a primary health facility but efforts are underway to partner with the private sector that have existing facilities in such wards.
He also disclosed that a huge chunk of the scheme is directed at the poor, to enable them have access to healthcare without paying from their pockets. Read more