By Samuel Adegoke
Health insurance is experiencing an impressive and stable growth in Oyo State as thousands of masses embrace the idea which is helping to take care of medical bills for routine and critical care.
In this age of economic uncertainties which is promoting stressful lifestyle for many Nigerians, many ordinary Nigerians are embracing the wisdom of using a token to secure their healthcare by enrolling in the Oyo State health insurance scheme.
Established in 2017, the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) has grown enrollees from the zero to about 200,000 base, a feat described by many as very impressive.
Oyo State health insurance scheme is being administered by the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA).
From only one contact office on its take-off on May 25, 2017, OYSHIA now has over 40 centres across six zones in the state.
They are: (1) Ministry of Establishment & Training building (ICT Room)
(2) BCOS (Room 19)
(3) Aafin PHC, Oyo
(4) All the 33 local government headquarters
(5) All state and general hospitals.
The spread of the centres is aimed at bringing patronage closer to residents for ease of registration and administration. Being a scheme targeted at all residents of Oyo State, OYSHIA management led by the Executive Secretary, Dr Sola Akande, explained that the agency was expanding its branch network to ensure that all classes of people living in the state are able to walk into the closest centre to them to make inquiry, enrol and get answers to any concern they may have on their policy.
The agency has developed different healthcare plans to cover all categories of residents of the state in order to ensure that they have access to good healthcare services. These plans include:
A. STANDARD PLAN. Price: (N8,000)
This plan was designed with the aim of achieving universal health coverage. It is designed for the following segments of the society:
• Formal sector
• Informal sector
• Vulnerable group i.e. pregnant women, children under five, prison inmates, retirees and the aged.
• Communities & rural dwellers.
B. TOP-UP PLANS (N108,000; N13,500 & N28,000)
These come in three different categories of Standard Peak, Standard Plus and the Family plan (covers a family of four i.e. father, mother and two children). These plans are to provide alternatives for the formal and informal sectors of the populace and to generate subsidy for the vulnerable group.
(A. Standard peak – N108,000 per year.
ii. Standard plus – N13,500 per year
iii. Family plan – N28,000
C. STUDENTS & TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS PLAN (N2,800)
This is the plan for people within the age 5 and 18 years bracket who are in tertiary institutions. It offers the benefits that come with the standard plan.
OYSHIA can be reached through: