Partnering with the National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria’s telecommunications company, Globacom has introduced a National Mobile Health Insurance Product aimed at improving access to quality health care in the country.
The product was formally launched in Abuja on Monday at a press conference attended by top Globacom officials, senior officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and representatives of Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs).
Globacom’s Regional Chief Marketing Officer, Ashok Israni revealed that the package was developed in conjunction with the NHIS to enhance the health care of millions of Nigerians through their telephone handsets.
Globacom’s package comes with supply of free drugs from NHIS accredited operators across the country for subscribers who are consistent in the payment of their premiums and also guarantees Globacom customers and other Nigerians free medical consultation and medication in over 8,000 hospitals in the country.
In his words, “There are millions of Nigerians yet to tap into the immense benefits of health insurance. This initiative will open a viable avenue for some of these people to come under the health insurance coverage, enabling them to sign up for one of the many Health Management Organisations accommodated in the scheme”.
To access the package, Glo subscribers are required to dial *616# on their mobile phones to be instantly admitted to the Glo Health platform, where they can follow a simple registration process.
Chairman of Salt & Einstein MTS, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, who also spoke at the ceremony, stated that the scheme will help to encourage Nigerians to seek medicare when they are sick without being afraid of its cost.
According to him, with the new product, the fear of health care cost among Nigerians would disappear.