World Bank pledges continued support to computer dealers’ health insurance project
At a meeting with the project partners to evaluate the level of success of providing access to optimal healthcare services through subsidized health insurance the World Bank has pledged its continued support towards the scheme for the employers and employees of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) in Lagos. According to the World Bank the scheme serves the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment of the formal sector, not yet covered by formal health insurance scheme.
“The CAPDAN community health insurance scheme is another demonstration of the World Bank’s support for healthcare and SME development in Nigeria. The Dutch Health Insurance Fund, PharmAccess Foundation and Hygeia remain committed to working with the World Bank to develop similar schemes nationwide,“ explains Peju Adenusi, the medical director of the Hygeia Community Health Plan. The Health Insurance Fund is the initiator of the schemes, Hygeia and PharmAccess are respectively the local and the implementing partners of the Health Insurance Fund.
Also on the agenda was a visit by all four project partners to the computer village to commemorate the attainment of 12,500 cumulative enrollees. At present 12,780 CAPDAN employers, employees and their family members are enrolled in the scheme and according to Adenusi this visit by the partners will stimulate the uptake of new enrollees even further.
The CAPDAN community health insurance scheme provides all enrolled individuals access to a comprehensive healthcare package including outpatient care, specialist consultations, hospital admissions, drugs and pharmaceutical care, antenatal care, delivery and post natal care services, immunizations, minor & intermediate surgeries such as appendectomy, as well as HIV/AIDS treatment. The benefits of having health insurance was well put into words by Kelly Adepoyigi, a beneficiary of the scheme, “I didn’t have to pay any deposit at the hospital before accessing antenatal care and child birth services.” The scheme has provided about 25,000 treatment episodes.