Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Ayade signs C/River health Insurance (AYADECARE)bill into law


Desirous of ensuring quality and affordable health care across the
broad spectrum of the citizenry, Cross River State governor, Prof
Ben Ayade, yesterday, signed into law the state's Health
Insurance bill.

Tagged: "Ayadecare", the law seeks to provide medical insurance
cover at primary, secondary and tertiary levels for the old, the
young, including the weak and the strong in the state.
When it comes into operation, the law also provides for a
mandatory monthly fee of N1000.00 from every adult citizen and
resident of not less than 18 years.

Performing the ceremony at Executive Chamber of the Governor's
Office Calabar, Ayade disclosed that the intent of the bill will
ensure that "the strong pays for those who are medically
challenged," adding that "the law provides very expressly that a
minimum of N1000.00 monthly, will be paid by every Cross
Riverian as well as those residing in the state."

Continuing, the governor explained that "the N1000 becomes your
insurance for that month and that gives you access to full medical
attention including diagnosis, transplant, surgeries among others."
Ayade who described the bill as most spiritual, noted that "it
derives its origin from a true communitarian African culture which
enjoins us to provide a shoulder for others to lean on."

He added that "there can be no bill that is more humanitarian,
human focused, sensitive and delicate like this. It is a message
for all including residents in the state as they are captured in the
bill, for we believe in the love for strangers and visitors."
On the management of funds accruing form the scheme,
Governor Ayade explained that "government rose to the task in
order to protect the vulnerable, sick, physically challenged and the
weak," maintaining that "the administration, as part of its policies,
will have nothing to do with the funds that will emanate from the
scheme, but will help to enforce payment."

While urging the state legislators to set up an operational
committee that will draw the modality, the governor quipped:
"Today, the medical challenges of our citizens have been taken
away and placed on this platform that every one of us will now
contribute to support our people."

He intimated that the law which provides for primary, secondary
and tertiary medical services would ensure the setting up of
specialist health care centres across the three senatorial districts
of the state to provide for the medical challenges of the citizenry.
Speaking on on the international dimension of the new law
Governor Ayade further disclosed that "this is the kind of bill that
the World Bank, United Nations, UNICEF will be quick to fund and
support."

On the action plan, the governor charged the committee that is
yet to be inaugurated to: "Let us first start by creating the
infrastructure which is to set up an action team so that everybody
gets involved. Think of where in the Central, North or South are
we going to set up these three medical centres of excellence.

Once that is identified, the mechanism for collection starts, the
design of the medical centres follow." According to him, "once
that is done, the world-class group will start the design and
construction. All of these, of course, will be outside the control of
government because I don't want this government to be involved
in touching a dime from this fund."
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