Use telecoms’ call levy to fund insurance for vulnerable Nigerians, NHIA urges FG
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has appealed to the Federal Government to channel the controversial one kobo per second call levy to fund insurance coverage for vulnerable Nigerians.
The Authority also urged the government to include the charge in the Finance Act.
It also advocated that the N10 per litre sugar tax be channeled to NHIA for providing health insurance coverage for the poor.
Director-General of NHIA, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, disclosed this at a one-day workshop on the NHIA Act.
He said: “Because people have spent all their money in GSM and they cannot afford healthcare, NHIA is saying, for every call you make, we can take one kobo and keep it so that we can aggregate the funds to provide health insurance for the poor.”
He explained that the NHIA Act provides for the establishment of the Vulnerable Group Fund as well as outlines sources of funding.
He observed that the one kobo per second call levy was rejected by the parliament because it was not included in the Finance Act, arguing that the government could work out mechanisms for its inclusion.
The NHIA boss stated that the agency has introduced NHIA Medicine Supply Initiative to ensure the availability of drugs in the market, ensure that all the drugs coming into the health insurance ecosystem are of good quality and bring down the cost of drugs.