NHIS To Penalise Defaulting HMOs

The National Health Insurance Scheme yesterday(NHIS) yesterday said while it maintains silence on the ongoing investigation on alleged corrupt practices in the Organisation, it will not hesitate to met out sanctions to Health Management Organisations found wanting.

The Scheme also disclosed that it has delisted some poor performing hospital’s to win back the confidence of enrolled.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Scheme, Mr Attahiru Ibrahim said this yesterday at a breakfast media interaction in Abuja.

The Acting ES said it is only helpful to hold up any further comments until the investigation is being concluded and reports presented.

“In the process, the Scheme also strongly support the rule of law, whereby anyone found wanting in the course of the operations of the Scheme, whether on the inside or outside, should be handed over to the agencies of government with the appropriate mandate to make such people accountable, as in all decent societies.

“Those who have been abusing their privileges around the Scheme that should be identified and made to face the consequences of their actions in full measure,” he added.

Ibrahim however encouraged Nigerians not to lose faith in the activities of the Scheme due to the recent happenings.

He said, “There has been a lot of negative information lately in the media about the Scheme. We want to thank the Health Press for your obvious restraint from joining the onslaught against NHIS during those heady days.

“ We want to assure the media and Nigerians that the Scheme, as an institution, welcomes all attempt to check the excesses of errant stakeholders, towards making the industry safer and stronger.

Also speaking, the General Manager, Standard and Quality Assurance, NHIS, Dr Victor Omade added that the Scheme will proceed on reaccreditation of HMOs whose whose permit has expired.

He also noted that the Scheme is on talks  with the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN) to ensure that members of the association remit regularly.

The General Manager, Informal Sector, Pharmacist Anibinidio Idia further urged state governments to make health insurance in their respective states compulsory as it is the only way to make the Scheme effective.

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