By Kingsley Okoye
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has introduced plans to provoke a contributory social medical health insurance scheme for pensioners within the nation.
PTAD’s Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor, introduced this in a doc made out there to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ikeazor stated the contributory scheme can be a social safety programme for the pensioners.
She stated the scheme would permit pensioners to make stratified contributions commensurate with their earnings right into a single fund pool that will be used to ensure them entry to outlined well being providers.
The PTAD boss stated the pensioners would even be entitled to drug refills for persistent ailments, eye care providers and targeted geriatric providers.
She defined that the plan to provoke the scheme was hinged on the constraint to accessing well being providers which revolved round out of pocket cost for well being providers and its influence on family funds.
“This impact can be even more marked among pensioners, who relatively have a higher demand for health services and typically small earnings from their pensions,” she stated.
According to her, well being providers to the pensioners inside the scheme will likely be domiciled at main and secondary well being centres within the locality of the pensioners.
She stated it might additional strengthen the power of pensioners to entry the providers with out the added constraint of excessive transportation prices to entry providers from centres within the main cities.
She defined that the medical health insurance programme would additionally job the service supply centres with the verification of pensioners inside the political ward or native authorities areas each quarter, as a situation for persevering with the providers.
“In essence, this medical health insurance programme will permit the pensioners achieve extra mileage from their meagre pensions, via a pooled well being financing mechanism, while enhancing ease of verification of life for PTAD.
“This is a worthy legacy programme to enhance the strengthened digital registration and database of pensioners. “
She stated given the nationwide pointers, and to facilitate implementation, beneficiaries of contributory medical health insurance scheme would require devoted strategies of identification linked to a central database that facilitated file protecting and simple identification by well being service suppliers.
She expressed the hope that the non-public sector and retailers within the well being sector would key into the proposed initiative.