Are HMOs needed in Nigeria? Public hearing scrutinizes their existence

  • To investigate the compliance rate of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) to the NHIS contributions
  • To investigate the utilization of funds by the Healthcare Providers
  • To investigate the claims of inhumane treatment of enrollees
A FULL HOUSE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE INVESTIGATIVE PUBLIC HEARING ON HMOS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NHIS BY THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTHCARE SERVICES. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTHCARE SERVICES LISTENED TO DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS ARGUE ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF HMOS TO NHIS AND TO THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE IN NIGERIA. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
  • “Must we have third party payers (HMOs)?”
  • “Is there any problem with paying hospitals directly?”
  • “How do you feel about the tears and cries of the enrollees?”
SEVERAL GROUPS CAME OUT TO SUPPORT DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS AT THE HEARING, MOST VISIBLY THE NHIS TEAM. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
PROF. USMAN YUSUF, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, NHIS, MADE AN ARGUMENT THAT NIGERIA’S HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM WILL BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT HMOS. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
A LIGHTER MOMENT AS THE AUDIENCE SHARES A LAUGH DURING THE INVESTIGATIVE PUBLIC HEARING. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
THE NLC’S COMRADE AYUBA SPOKE OF THE PLIGHT OF THE ENROLLEES DURING THE INVESTIGATIVE PUBLIC HEARING. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH
HON. CHUKWUKERE IKECHUKWU (LEFT) SAID THE HOUSE COMMITTEE WILL WORK TO INVESTIGATE ALL ALLEGATIONS AND COME UP WITH RECOMMENDATIONS. PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIA HEALTH WATCH

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