Anambra Pays N50 million Monthly for Health Insurance

In News 2019-10-31 19:22:11
Anambra Pays N50 million Monthly for Health Insurance
Anambra Pays N50 million Monthly for Health Insurance

By Dipo Omoware


The Anambra State Government has debunked allegations that its Health Insurance Scheme ASHIA is short-changing civil servants.


Managing Director of the Scheme, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi revealed that the state actually puts down N50 million monthly as capitation for the scheme.


“The only way we get about even paying the capitation is because His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano every month puts down minimum N50million to pay for the health care needs of people who are registered in ASHIA.”


Some civil servants under the scheme had alleged they received very poor healthcare services at hospitals listed under the scheme despite monthly deductions of 5 percent their salaries.


Investigations by Nigeria Info at one of such hospitals revealed that enrollees under the scheme received unfavourable treatment compared to their counterparts who pay directly for services.


Onyemaechi, however, insisted that the state pays the sum of #450 monthly for each patient to hospitals, making her the highest paying health insurance scheme in the country.


He added that the government will not hesitate to delist any hospital that does not conform to standards.


He added that with as low as N2000 could cater for 6 people.


“When you have to contribute say N2000 per month as a civil servant, it’s for that civil servant, the spouse and four biological children less than the age of 21; that is a statement of fact, that (N2000) caters for 6 people.”


He explained that insurance is for the benefit of all participants.


“How insurance works is that you and I will pool our resources together, when you are sick, we take from what the healthy contributors have made to pay for you.”


Additional report by Kenechukwu Ofomah