Osun commences health insurance scheme
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State Government has approved the sum of N150 million for the establishment of Osun Health Insurance Business and Zonal offices across the 68 Local Government Areas(LGAs) and the Local Council Development Authorities ( LCDAs) in the state.
The Executive Secretary of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS), Dr Niyi Ogini, who disclosed this in Osogbo said the scheme is aimed at ensuring effectiveness in health insurance operation in the state.
Ogini said the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola has also ensured that provisions for equitable grants from State, LGAs and LCDAs are being captured in the 2019 Budget of Hope of the State.
He noted that the state government has released the circular for the commencement of deduction of premium of 1.5 percent of basic salary of public servants as wall as also 3 percent contribution of government to public servants premium which is to be prepared with their salaries.
Oginni advised civil servants in the state to get enrollment form which would be provided by the agency in order to benefit from the scheme.
He added that quality healthcare is the basic right of the citizenry which they must not be denied, noting that the scheme would help to protect them against financial risks.
Ogini said the informal sector participants would pay an affordable premium of N12,066 per year, while N57,600 per year would also cover for a family plan.
Speaking on the benefit of the scheme, Ogini said it would ensure that all residents of the state have access to effective, qualitative and affordable health services.
He added that it would serve as an avenue to garner more money for health from the formal and informal sectors with less burden on the government and to guarantee that the money spent procures better quality of health services for the people.
Oginni, however, said religious bodies and other philanthropists would be given opportunity to contribute to the State health fund by paying premium for population to have access to needed care.