To better implement the new NHIA statute that was signed into law in 2022, the federal government has released operational instructions for the NHIA.
While unveiling the guidelines on Tuesday in Abuja, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, expressed confidence that the NHIA Act and operational guidelines will be a watershed moment for the country’s health insurance system.
He claims that “the guidelines will provide direction for the country to ensure more Nigerians are covered and to expand affordability of healthcare for the population, especially the most vulnerable.”
He urged states to enlist the formal economy and pay the 25% equivalent funding.
According to Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Director General of the NHIA, the guideline supports the ideals of equity, quality, and sustainability by making clear the roles, duties, and obligations of stakeholders.
According to Alexander Chimbaru, the Deputy Country Representative for the World Health Organization in Nigeria, these guidelines solve the problems that plagued the previous National Health Insurance Scheme.