Today the Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency PLASCHEMA paid an advocacy/sensitization visit to the University community.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Yohana Daniel Izam led management staff, principal officers and other staff of the University to receive the PLASCHEMA team in the 600 capacity University Auditorium.
The VC told the gathering that the health of every member of the university community is of paramount importance to him.
He therefore welcomed the idea of a Health Insurance scheme advocated by the agency.
Director general of the Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency, Dr Fabong Jemchang highlighted the benefits of health insurance to members of the University community saying it will end the out-of-pocket expenditure on HealthCare.
He said the Plateau state Contributory Health Care Management Agency is poised to strengthen health financing by pooling resources and through strategic purchasing mitigating high out-of-pocket expenditure.
He said the agency is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services of sufficient quality while ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for services.
The director-general said the agency has developed various programs to cover different segments of the society to include:
- Plateau state equity health plan for the vulnerable groups such as children pregnant women the elderly retirees the physically and mentally challenged individuals verified orphans and vulnerable and internally displaced persons.
- The formal health plan which is a contributory plan for all public sector employees for state and local government council, students of tertiary institutions and the organised private sector.
- The informal health plan which is basically a community-based health insurance for primary school pupils and any affordable plan providing a prescribed package of health care services are prescribed contributions accessible to all residents not covered by other health plans
- The private health plan which shall consist of a variety of packages providing extra healthcare services in direct proportion to the contribution made by the individual. Eligibility will be for those that subscribe and loose approved to benefit by the agency BENEFIT PACKAGE
To have access to the benefit package enrollees are expected to make annual contributions called premium which is up to N14,000 person in the formal sector and N12,000 per person in the informal sector while the private health plan will cost N16,000 the person.
The Director-General’s presentation was followed by an interactive session between the agency and members of the University community.