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Lagos health insurance scheme receives kudos

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Lagos State Government has been lauded for partnering with privately-owned Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) to administer its recently-launched medical insurance scheme.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Avon Healthcare Limited, a leading HMO in Nigeria, Adesimbo Ukiri, gave the commendation while speaking on behalf of the Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN) during a special stakeholder’s meeting held between leading healthcare professionals in the country and the governor-elect of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Ukiri, who commended the Lagos State government for engaging all stakeholders to create awareness for the programme, stated that HMOs are prepared to bring their experience in attracting individual and corporate sign-ups to boost adoption of the scheme.

She, however, stated that cultural aversion to health insurance is an issue that should not be left alone for HMOs if the Lagos health insurance scheme is to succeed, stressing that the success of the scheme depends on the joint ability of all stakeholders to influence and change the perception and behaviour of Lagosians towards their healthcare spend and the need to stop paying out of pocket.

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