Minister wants HMOs scrapped over alleged mismanagement of N531bn

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, wednesday called for the scrapping of Health Management Organisations (HMOs) operating under National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for among other things, failing to deliver on their healthcare mandate.

He said a total sum of over N351 billion had been paid to the HMOs by the federal government within the past 12 years without measurable improvement in health care delivery for Nigerians.

Speaking at a two-day investigative hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Health Care Services, into the “compliance rate of the HMOs to the NHIS contributions and utilisation of funds by the health care providers and inhumane treatment of enrollees,” he said there was need for the National Assembly to amend the NHIS Act with a view to repositioning and strengthening the scheme.