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Scheme to ensure access to quality insurance services

28 April 2015, 07:53Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Globacom, the mobile network operator, has unveiled an National Mobile Health Insurance (NHIS) product in an effort to boost access to quality health care among the Nigerian population.

Ashok Israni, Globacom’s Regional Chief Marketing Officer, said the package was developed in partnership with NHIS to take quality health care to millions of Nigerians through their telephone handsets.

Israni explained that Glo subscribers are required to dial *616# on their mobile phones after which they will be instantly admitted to the Glo Health platform, where they can follow a registration process.

“Once they subscribe, Globacom customers will be able to use their mobile phones for pre-defined medical treatment for which affordable premiums are remitted through the subscribers’ mobile phone,” he said.

He added that the platform guaranteed Globacom customers and other Nigerians free medical consultation and medication in over 8 000 hospitals in the country.

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The package comes with supply of drugs free of charge from NHIS accredited operators across the country for subscribers who are consistent in the payment of their premiums.

“There are millions of Nigerians yet to tap into the immense benefits of health insurance. This initiative will open a viable avenue for some of these people to come under the health insurance coverage, enabling them to sign up for one of the many Health Management Organisations accommodated in the scheme,” said Israni.

He explained that the premiums have been deliberately made affordable for virtually everyone. He said subscribers can pay N35 per day, N250 per week or N1000 per month to qualify to benefit from the mobile insurance package.

“The beauty of health insurance is that it takes away the burden of worrying whether you will have any money left in your account or in your wallet when next you fall sick. With health insurance cover, anytime you fall sick, you can rest assured that you will have access to quality medical treatment even if you have nothing left in your wallet or in your bank account,” he said.

Globacom is partnering with Salt & Einstein MTS and NHIS for the empowerment project.

NHIS executive, Dr Femi Thomas, said the scheme spreads the cost of health care among subscribers such that the financial burden was virtually lifted off.

He lauded Globacom for providing its infrastructure for the project.

- CAJ News


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