The bill on Ogun State Health Insurance Scheme, when passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly and eventually signed into law by Governor Ibikunle Amosun will provide a more comprehensive, efficient, affordable and responsive health care to all the residents of the State.
This was the summation of opinions of the State lawmakers who spoke in their separate submissions during the second reading of the bill, shortly after a motion moved by the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, seconded by his Ewekoro State Constituency counterpart, Israel Jolaoso and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote at a plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan.
Opening debate on the Bill, titled: HB. No. 038/OG/2018- Ogun State Health Insurance Scheme Law, 2018, Oluomo explained that the bill was aimed at restructuring the State health sector as it would domesticate the National Health Insurance Scheme Law in the State with a view to providing quality healthcare delivery to residents of the State.
The Deputy Speaker, who added that the law when operational would ensure the maintenance of high standards in health care system to residents of the State, as they would have access to affordable and qualitative health care services through improved in health infrastructural facilities and equipment, calling on his colleague-lawmakers to give the bill an accelerated passage.
Lending their voices in support of the Bill, Honourables Israel Jolaoso, Olujimi Otukoya and Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi remarked that the bill would complement the Araya Scheme earlier introduced by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration, saying it would protect families from the financial hardship of huge medical bills, while ensuring equitable distribution of health care costs among different income groups.
Other members including Olusola Sonuga, Olayiwola Ojodu, Idowu Olowofuja and Adebowale Ojuri underscored the importance of health insurance in developing nations like Nigeria, saying that the bill when passed by the Assembly and assented to by Governor Amosun would allow for increased accessibility and affordability in health care care services to the people, particularly the downtrodden.
They stressed that the health insurance scheme would ensure the appropriate patronage of all levels of health care, just as it would ensure the availability of more funds to the sector for improved services.
Responding, Speaker Suraj Adekunbi, who lauded his colleague-lawmakers for their robust debates on the bill, directed that the bill be committed to the Committee on Health for further legislative actions.