Governors Want Collapsing NHIF Split Into Three Independent Agencies
The Council of Governors (CoG) want the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) which is amid collapse over cash shortage split into three institutions as part of reforms that will restore order at the State agency.
Governors say when split, the three should handle independent roles of claims payment, accreditation of health facilities and the social insurance health fund.
Revenue-expenditure projections of the NHIF tabled in the national assembly in February show the health fund may start running deficits from as early as this year if no reforms are made. “The NHIF reforms should thus aim at transforming the institution to set up strong legal and regulatory framework … that will deliver Universal Healthcare,” said CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya.
The report by the Health Financing Reform Expert Panel had indicated that the revenues of the fund needed to increase or the fund would be unable to continue offering services in the next two years.
The CoG says making these independent institutions would help restore order in the management of public resources at the fund which has been suffering from mismanagement of funds and endemic corruption.