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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-16

Awareness and attitude of medical practitioners in Ilorin towards the national health insurance scheme


1 Departments of Internal Medicine, University of llorin, PMB 1515, llorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
2 Chemical Path. and Immunology University of llorin, PMB 1515, llorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
3 Epidemiology and Community Health, University of llorin, PMB 1515, llorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

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I A Katibi
Departments of Internal Medicine, University of llorin, PMB 1515, llorin, Kwara State
Nigeria
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National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has remained on the drawing board since 1962. Wfth the renewed Interest and efforts at full commencement of the Scheme, an attempt was, therefore ma'tle to stud y tie awareness and the attitude of 112 doctors practising across disciplines at University oj llorln Teaching Hospital. Even though all the respondents (100%) were aware of the Scheme, only 23.3% considered themselves as having adequate Information on lt. . , "' . Newspapers (61.1%) and seminars/workshop (35.2%) were the major sources of Information on the Scheme. Majority of the respondents ,_oplf1ed that· both· the public (94.6%) and the health care providers (89.3%) have not been adequately mobilized for the scheme. Also worthy of note was the fact that even though 43.9% of the 'respondents had reservations on the Scheme as presently packaged , majority of them (66.1%) were willing to participate' in it. It Is, therefore, suggested that efforts should be made to lmprove the level of Information and mobilization on the Scheme using the media of newspapers and scientific meetings


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