Home Health Health Insurance: Jigawa Threatens to Sanction Defaulting Service Providers

Health Insurance: Jigawa Threatens to Sanction Defaulting Service Providers

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Muhammad Garba

Jigawa State Contributory Health Insurance Management Agency (JICHIMA) has threatened to sanction any selected facility service provider that is not providing quality and standard service to the registered people.

The Executive Secretary of JICHMA, Phm Hamza Kakuri gave the warning while fielding questions from newsmen on the service they are providing in the state.

He explained that over 222,000 people were enrolled in the formal sector of the scheme and 281 health facilities were accredited as service providers across the state.

“We are paying these accredited facilities their capitation on the 25th of every month against the next month which means the services are pre-paid, so there is no reason whatsoever not to provide the services they were paid for.

“It is not a privilege, it is right to the people to be given the services they have paid for, but we received a series of reports on how some facilities are given half services to their claims”

“It is the responsibility of health facilities to go and outsource any drugs they prescribed to the clients, therefore henceforth any facility that failed in providing adequate service will be sanctioned, including withholding its ‘monthly capitation” Phm. Hamza declared.

He however revealed that, in the non-formal sector under the Basic Primary Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCF) a total of 91,840 privileged people were enrolled, with 320 people from each of the political wards in the state.

The executive secretary however acknowledged some of the gaps and observations raised by the Jigawa Maternal Accountability Forum ( JiMAF) about enrolment into the non-formal sector of the Insurance Scheme and promised to do more to address the issue.

“To us, JiMAF is a critical partner, we want them to enlighten the public to go and access the Insurance Services, and also remain at the forefront in supporting us to promote accountability and quality service in the Scheme” the ES stated.

During a one-day meeting for sharing findings around JICHMA service organized by JiMAF in collaboration with WSH, aims at engaging all stakeholders to strengthen the Insurance Scheme in the state.

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