Written by Femi Akinola, Lagos

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the State Health Insurance Bill. The bill now awaits the approval of Governor Babatunde Fashola to become a law.
It provides for a health insurance scheme that will apply to all residents of the state, including employees in the private and public sectors as well as the self-employed and unemployed.
The chairman, House Committee on Health Services, Suuru Avoseh, who gave a detailed report on the bill at the Assembly yesterday said it would enable residents have access to good medical care.
When it becomes operational, the law will consist of a variety of packages providing healthcare services in direct proportion to the contributions and any other component as may be developed by the health insurance agency to be set up under the scheme with the approval of the board.
The scheme will be compulsory and applicable to all residents of the state that are not covered by the existing health scheme while all residents in the formal or informal sectors will be covered.

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