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Stakeholders in the health sector have reiterated the need for collaboration among healthcare providers to implement the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for universal healthcare coverage.

Rising from the 13th Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the National Healthcare Providers’ Association of Nigeria (HCPAN), at the Sickle Cell Centre, Idi-Araba, Lagos, National President of HCPAN, Dr. Umar Sanda, said the collaboration would provide a well designed healthcare insurance scheme, which would facilitate fair financing of healthcare cost, pooling and judicious utilisation, risk protection and cost burden sharing.

Sanda said there are hurdles to achieving teamwork in the sector but added that they are surmountable with open attitude, mutual respect and trust.

Former president of the body, Dr. Adenike Olaniba, said although healthcare professionals work together everyday, there is a lot of inter-professional rivalry among them. This rivalry, she said, is tearing the health industry apart and affecting patient’s care and health indices.

Olaniba noted that in working together, healthcare professionals must make sure that the labour of one-profession complements the other. “Coordination, collaboration and cooperation are vital elements for relationship. Working together means acknowledging that all participants bring equally valid knowledge and expertise from their professional and personal experience required to enable the offering of the best possible healthcare service to our customer, the patient.”

Olaniba said that best practices in the developed world require health professionals within the healthcare sector to work together as part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional team.


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