By Emmanuel Elebeke
Members of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) as well as affiliated businesses and members of their households are set to benefit from the Hygeia Community Health Plan (HCHP). This follows the commencement of healthcare services in designated hospi-tals around Lagos metropolis.
The HCHP is expected to provide communities with equitable assess to affordable and quality care services, and is financed by the World Bank under the auspices of its Global Programme on Output Based Aid (GPOBA) in partnership with the Dutch Health Insurance Fund and PharmAccess Foundation with Gygeia as the imple-menting Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
Speaking on the Scheme, Public Relations Officer of CAPDAN, Mr. Godwin Enamoh, who said he was amazed by the benefits imbedded in the health plan, told newsmen that all enrolled individuals from CAPDAN will have access to a comprehensive healthcare package including outpatient care, specialist consultations, hospital admissions, drugs and pharmaceutical care services, immunizations, minor and intermediate surgeries such as appendectomy, herniorrhapies and HIV/AIDS treatment. All at a premium rate of N1,300 per person per annum.
The scheme, according to Enamoh, is specifically targeted at CAPDAN affiliated employers, their employees, wives and children, adding that members of the benefitting communities like CAPDAN are able to enjoy these low premium because of generous subsides received from the world bank.
â€œThis is a wonderful package we can’t afford to miss, is an opportunity we need to grabÂ for insured good and quality healthcare. I therefore call on all CAPDAN members to plug on this rare opportunity which Iâ€m sure will enable us pay less for our hospital bills and secure ourÂ lives .â€™ Enamoh implored.
Leader of Hygeia team, Mrs. Patricia Laoye in a chat with newsmen said medical care is provided by designated private and public hospitals within the Lagos metropolis for all enrollees of HCHP.
On the selection of the participating hospitals, Laoye said they were selected after a vigorous due diligence assessment which determined their capability to provide optimal health care services to enrolled beneficiaries, and for the enrollment, she said interested CAPDAN members must own or be employed in an affiliated enterprise to CAPDAN with a condition that each accredited individual are expected to pay the required co-premium of N1,300 and fill out registration forms with Hygeia enrollment team stationed at CAPDAN Secretariat, Ikeja.
According to Olaoye, since January, Hygeia had beenÂ implementing similar schemes in Lagos and Kwara States, to market women in Lagos and members of over 200 farming communities in Kwara state.
â€œThe beneficiaries have made over 120,000 visits to the participating hospitals to receive health care services for a variety of medical conditions, all at no cost to the beneficiaries as the hospitals are paid by Hygeia. Hygeia is pleased to have pioneered managed care based community health insurance scheme in Nigeria and is delighted at the commencement of the CAPDAN scheme,â€Â Said Laoye.