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Health Insurance: Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Agency, Enroll Over 40 Thousand People

The Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency, PLASCHEMA, has enrolled over 40 thousand people in the informal sector in the scheme.

The Director-General of the Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency Doctor Fabong Jemchang made the disclosure at the opening of a 5-day retreat for critical stakeholders, staff and management of the agency.

The retreat, is to among other things, appraise and review the agency's activities for the year 2021.

PLASCHEMA was established in 2019 to reduce the financial burden of accessing quality health care through the Health Insurance Scheme. It was also aimed at achieving universal health care coverage and address the challenge of access of quality health care especially to the poor and the vulnerable groups.

The Director-General of the Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency Doctor Fabong Jemchang said the retreat will also provide a platform for the agency to plan for the year 2022.

In this retreat, we are expected to do the reviews of all our activities for the year and then we will also plan for the next year, so today's program has everything to do with stock-taking of the activities of the agency in 2021. This review will help us look a the wins, the pitfalls, the pot-holes of the year under review to help us correct the flaws of 2021 and as well as help us to bring in new programmes that we have designed for 2022

Doctor Fambong listed key areas for review to include financial discipline, service utilization, level of enrollment amongst others

"And that review is to help us look at the formal sector the informal sector the private health plan and the Equity plan and as well look at the basic health care option, our level of enrollment, service utilization financial discipline, our marketing and business development unit and as well as look at our health services standards and quality control".

On Tuesday the agency distributed eighteen thousand forms to the DPMs and DFSs of the 17 local government in a bid to commence enrollment of staff under the local government service commission so that those in the local governments can begin to access quality health care

The Director-General said the scheme which officially took inn in September 2020 has so far enrolled over 40 thousand people in the informal sector.

The 16, 802 workers in the employment of the State government 13 thousand have so far been enrolled including their dependents which is over 80 per cent of enrollment while 40 thousand people in the informal sector have been enrolled.

Doctor Dawal Kwande, Director of Operations and ICT at the agency, explained that part of the challenges the scheme is experiencing, is to get residents to stop the out-of-pocket expenditure in accessing health care services.

The retreat ends on Friday

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