Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, made a passionate call to residents, urging them to register for the Health Insurance Scheme being introduced by the government towards ensuring improved healthcare delivery. Subscription to the scheme, Sanwo-Olu said, would enable government to prioritise its healthcare programmes with a view to enhancing its quality and affordability to the residents. The governor made the call at the ongoing Medic West Africa Conference at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island.
Sanwo-Olu said the health insurance coverage must be scaled up as a condition to build the confidence of private investors in the scheme, which, he said, was created to remove burden on the residents by providing affordable healthcare.
Besides, the governor said that the State would start the process of revamping its road ambulance scheme, with an objective of creating more ambulance points across the State. The overhaul, Sanwo- Olu pointed out, would include deployment of emergency responders in each ambulance point to give palliative treatment to the injured before being transported to hospitals. He said: “For health to be completely affordable and accessible, people must subscribe to our Health Insurance Scheme, where we need to increase coverage in terms of registration.
This is how developed countries are able to tackle their health financing and access. “What it means is that everybody will not take ill at once. But, the financing process would be in a way that, anyone who needs it at any given time will have full access to it, because such person contributed to the scheme. Also, the option of health facilities to be used by a subscriber would include private hospitals. All of these are brought out to make healthcare accessible and affordable.”