The Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) has commenced community-based health insurance.
The Executive Secretary of OYSHIA, Dr Sola Akande, disclosed this while speaking on Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh 105.9FM, over the weekend.
He said that community-based health insurance was flagged off by Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) members two years ago.
According to Akande, the community-based health insurance occurs when a community can enroll a minimum of 2500 persons at the rate of N4000.
“At the community level, we want to begin to enroll household, not individual, a father will enroll his household at a fixed amount, and then, we will enroll that community into one primary health care,” he said.
Akande further explained that the community-based insurance is to help establish the primary health care centers that has just been renovated by Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.
“Community will take ownership of primary health care center via community health insurance and the community will also see to the utilisation of the capitation.
“Quality of services rendered by primary health care centers will improve, there will be community ownership and delivery of service will be deepened because 24 hours services will be guaranteed and there will be availability of equipment like pharmacy, theater, solar power, beds and ultra sound machine, if a community can have 2500 lives enrolled in health insurance because OYSHIA will be paying that primary health center a minimum of N1 million naira every month,” the Executive Secretary added.