The Nigerian Medical Association has tasked the federal government prioritize healthcare financing in this new dispensation by increasing budgetary allocations to the health sector
The body wants the federal government to pay attention to alternative platforms of financing healthcare and show greater commitment to proper utilization of available funds.
The medical body made the call during its National Executive Council meeting held recently in Makurdi with the theme; Healthcare Financing: The Panacea for a Functional Health Sector.
The NEC meeting also explored the sub themes; “Legislative Agenda for the Health sector: The role of Doctors in Legislature” and “Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, the game changer: the journey so far ’.
According to a statement signed by the President of the Association, Dr. Francis Faduyile, the themes aimed to explore the role and expected contributions of legislators in the health sector.
The medical association expressed concern over the poor attention given to health care financing by government at all levels, which has resulted in poor health indices in the country.
‘‘There is need for the legislators to provide the appropriate legal frameworks that will facilitate good health delivery in Nigeria.
‘‘The delay in rectifying the distorted implementation of the Emergency Medical Treatment Fund of the (5%) Basic Health Care Provision Fund must be addressed’’ it said.
The association appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the National Health Insurance Scheme Amendment Bill in order to fast track Universal Health coverage through increased participation in the health insurance programme.
Still concerned about the level of medical quackery in the country, the medical association, executive council called on State governments to develop a legal frame-work backed with appropriate laws to fight the menace in Nigeria.