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Over 170 million Nigerians without health insuranceFeatures

Over 170 million Nigerians without health insuranceFeatures
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and non-passage of the amended National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act have further slowed uptake of health insurance packages

• COVID-19, delayed law slow universal coverage • Scheme fully back on stream, says NHIS Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and non-passage of the amended National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act have further slowed uptake of health insurance packages and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria.Only three per cent of people in the informal sector are covered by voluntary private health insurance.8 million people) are on any form of health insurance.The Guardian reliably gathered that Kwara, Cross River, Lagos, Delta, Ogun, Bauchi and Enugu have established health insurance schemes while other states are at various stages of setting up own programmes.

The National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2019 seeks to address NHIS challenges and also make health insurance mandatory.However, 15 years after the launch of the programme, stakeholders say only about four million Nigerians have any form of health insurance.

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