Over 100 million Nigerians 'cannot afford to pay hospital bills'

The Speaker lamented on the state of the country's health care, calling for major reform.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara

He was represented by the Deputy Minority Leader, Mr Chukwuka Onyema, on Wednesday in Abuja at an investigative hearing on health care services, organised by House of Representatives Committee on Health Care Services.

Dogara was worried that poor Nigerians are the victims of this problem, saying, "Poor families, who constitute over 67 percent of our population, (well in excess of 100 million Nigerians), cannot afford to pay hospital bills even for treatment of malaria in public health facilities, nor for routine ante-natal services.

"Regrettably, there is no mechanism to protect vulnerable families from the catastrophic effects of the exorbitant cost of healthcare services in Nigeria.

"If we must achieve desired outcomes and changes, there is a compelling need to expand the coverage levels of NHIS, currently estimated to be about 4-5 percent of Nigerians, mostly in the formal sector.

"A scenario where even this abysmally low coverage is attributable to those in paid employment and other types of formal sector creates suspicion of lack of creativity and innovation on the part of key actors in the health insurance industry in Nigeria, especially HMOs."

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been rocked with allegations of mismanagement of N351 billion.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

EFCC to prosecute 3 persons for altering presidential pardon list

EFCC to prosecute 3 persons for altering presidential pardon list

Tears flow as soldiers killed by terrorists buried

Tears flow as soldiers killed by terrorists buried

We have secured 1000 convictions on terrorism — Malami

We have secured 1000 convictions on terrorism — Malami

Falana demands law to force public officials to use govt-owned hospitals

Falana demands law to force public officials to use govt-owned hospitals

NLNG denies involvement in illegal gas exportation

NLNG denies involvement in illegal gas exportation

How late Austrian priestess, Wenger, preserved Osun-Osogbo groove

How late Austrian priestess, Wenger, preserved Osun-Osogbo groove

We got N268m - Anambra Govt clears the air on 13% oil derivation share

We got N268m - Anambra Govt clears the air on 13% oil derivation share

Igbo group in Lagos APC begs Tinubu to wade into party's issues

Igbo group in Lagos APC begs Tinubu to wade into party's issues

Customs collect N99.7m in Katsina, seize smuggled items worth N73.6m

Customs collect N99.7m in Katsina, seize smuggled items worth N73.6m