Following an alleged mismanagement of funds in the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), the House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Healthcare Services to probe the agency.
The directive was issued after a motion moved by Esosa Iyawe was adopted on Tuesday.
According to the lawmaker, the agency, which was formerly referred to as National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has been ruined due to mismanagement by the people in charge.
He stated that “despite the huge budgetary allocations, records have shown that only a negligible 3% of persons in the formal sector have access to health insurance.”
Mr Iyawe said the officials of the NHIA are conniving with Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) to embezzle the fund.
He said “the implementation of the scheme had been mired with corruption, lack of transparency and accountability, irregularities among HMOs and ill-treatment of enrollees by healthcare providers.”
The motion was adopted unanimously without debate by the House.