Strategic purchasing for Universal Health Coverage: The Nigerian Formal Sector Social Health Insurance Programme

Health Policy Research Group , 2016
Nigeria

This research brief provides an overview of how health service purchasing functions in the Formal Sector Social Health Insurance Programme (FSSHIP) under the National Health Insurance scheme (NHIS) in Nigeria, which is designed to cover employees of the public sector and the organised private sector. It examines the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) as purchasers and their relationship with three key groups; the NHIS another (higher) layer of purchaser, healthcare providers and citizens.

The brief compares the actual purchasing practices under the programme with the ideal purchasing actions to identify gaps and associated influencing factors. Finally it makes policy recommendations for what needs to be done to improve strategic purchasing under this mechanism in Nigeria.

The RESYST Consortium, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, has critically examined how health care purchasing functions in ten low and middle-income countries to identify factors that influence the ability of health care purchasers and other key actors to take strategic actions.

Read more about the multi-country purchasing study here.

Policy brief: Strategic purchasing for Universal Health Coverage: The Nigerian Formal Sector Social Health Insurance Programme

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