..Say’s issues will soon be address
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA), the health insurance services scheme introduced by the state to reduce out of pocket expenses on hospital by citizens is growing at slow snail speed.
The Co-Chairman, Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) Mal. Mustapha Jumare the expressed worry in an interview with our correspondent at the end of one day interface and review progress meeting in Kaduna.
The meeting, organised by Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) in collaboration with Ward Development Committee and KADCHMA, was supported by the United Kingdom-Funder governance programme, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), through its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Mr. Jumare said the idea of Kadchma, otherwise “health insurance scheme for Kaduna state is to help reduce out of pocket expenses.
He said “Government want to reduce taking money from your pocket and spend all the time for health services in hospitals.
“Unfortunately Kaduna is one of the first state to established the scheme, and we hope that the benefit should grow but unfortunately is growing very slowly because a lots more people are having impressions that their money is being deducted from their salaries and they’re not going to the facilities to access the service.
“But nobody prevented them from going their to access the service. What we hope them to do is try and pay for the services in the facilities.
“Even if u cannot access the services, somebody of yours is going to access it and that’s our advocacy all the time.
“And we hope that in a short time these things are going to be address whereby our farmers, motorcyclists will be involved in the scheme to reduce their out of pocket spending”, he said.
During the meting, KADCHMA presented in details, a number of health benefit package of the scheme, adding that it’s committed towards providing affordable healthcare for the people in the state.