Implementation of the national health insurance scheme: The dawn 'of a new era in health care financing in Nigeria?
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria
L R AIREDE Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Nigeria
The Decree establishing the National·Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was promulgated In 1999, however, actual Implementation of the NHIS commenced In 2002. The goal of the NHIS Is to provide easy access to qualitative healthcare services at an affordable price to all ·Nigerians. The NHIS · operates on the principles of Social Health Insurance and has a total of 6 programmes desiged to Cater for all sections of the populace4 of the six Programmes of the NHIS have been commenced on a small scale.' Further - development of the NHIS to the stage of universal Implementation will de pend
on several factors amongst which are continued political will, adequate funding, human resource development and public sensitization and mobilization to ensure widespread participation.