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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 512-516

National health insurance scheme: How receptive are the private healthcare practitioners in a local government area of Lagos state

1 Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Mushin, Nigeria
2 MTN Nigeria, Customers' Service Department, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Exogen Consulting Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria, Public Health and Research Unit, Lagos, Nigeria
4 Department of Statistics, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria

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Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Mushin
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DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.144712

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Background: National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is one of the health financing options adopted by Nigeria for improved healthcare access especially to the low income earners. One of the key operators of the scheme is the health care providers, thus their uptake of the scheme is fundamental to the survival of the scheme. The study reviewed the uptake of the NHIS by private health care providers in a Local Government Area in Lagos State. Objective: To assess the uptake of the NHIS by private healthcare practitioners . Materials and Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study recruited 180 private healthcare providers selected by multistage sampling technique with a response rate of 88.9%. Result: Awareness, knowledge and uptake of NHIS were 156 (97.5%), 110 (66.8%) and 97 (60.6%), respectively. Half of the respondents 82 (51.3%) were dissatisfied with the operations of the scheme. Major reasons were failure of entitlement payment by Health Maintenance Organisations 13 (81.3%) and their incurring losses in participating in the scheme 8(50%). There was a significant association between awareness, level of education, knowledge of NHIS and registration into scheme by the respondents P-value < 0.05. Conclusions: Awareness and knowledge of NHIS were commendable among the private health care providers. Six out of 10 had registered with the NHIS but half of the respondents 82 (51.3%) were dissatisfied with the scheme and 83 (57.2%) regretted participating in the scheme. There is need to improve payment modalities and ensure strict adherence to laid down policies.

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