MTN, others partner NHIS on health insurance

In Nigeria
Jul 22nd, 2014

MTN Nigeria has partnered Salt & Einstein MTS and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NIHS) to drive the penetration of insurance in the country through the mobile platform.

Speaking yesterday at the flag-off of the pilot programme of the initiative, Chief executive Officer, MTN, Michael Ikpoki said the tripartite partnership is the first in the country, Africa and indeed, the world as it has not been done anywhere.

He said the broader vision of the telco is lead a bold digital world and touch the lives of its numerous subscribers, adding that pursuing this lofty goal requires the innovation and coming up with unique products.

He said the partnership was necessitated by the need to bridge the identified gap existing in affordable, accessible and cost-efficient insurance scheme in the country which would be attractive to many people.

According to Ikpoki, with the payment of the premium of between N250 and N1000 per week, the subscriber is covered with insurance of about 80 per cent, stressing that in the event of an illness, all the insured needed to do was visit any of the health management organizations (HMOs) across the country.

Executive Secretary/CEO, NHIS, Dr Femi Thomas said the step marks the beginning of the digitalization of health in the country, adding that the development will help drive Federal Government’s desire to deepen insurance penetration in the country.

He lamented that formal sector insurance stands at 3.5million people up from 2.3million it used to be in January this year while informal sector insurance figure stood at 1.5million, adding that the partnership will leapfrog health delivery and accelerate penetration.

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