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FG Has Expanded Health Insurance Coverage – Minister



FG Has Expanded Health Insurance Coverage - Minister

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate, has revealed that the Federal Government has made considerable strides in improving health care in the country, including expanding the coverage of health insurance, News About Nigeria reports.

He stated this at the third edition of the ministerial press briefing series initiated by the Ministry of Information in Abuja.

He also disclosed that the Bola Tinubu-led administration will unveil a comprehensive programme to digitise the nation’s healthcare system in the next two weeks.

“Recognising that financial barriers often deter individuals from seeking medical care, we have worked tirelessly to increase the accessibility and affordability of health insurance schemes.

“By supporting enrollment initiatives and streamlining administrative processes, we have extended coverage to millions of Nigerians, safeguarding them against the financial hardships associated with healthcare expenses.

“Since the beginning of this administration, we have enrolled about 750,000 more Nigerians in health insurance. We remain committed to providing access to quality health for all Nigerians through the Vulnerable Group Fund and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund,” he said.

Pate further noted that the government is committed to improving tertiary healthcare services in the country.

According to him, there has been a significant increase in patient attendance at federal tertiary hospitals, which is a testament to the improved quality of care and confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system.

He added that the capacity of health institutions to deliver specialised medical services and handle complex health conditions, ensuring that every Nigerian has access to world-class healthcare when needed, will be enhanced through targeted investments in infrastructure, technology, and human capital.