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NMA And NHIS Clash Over Removal Of Cancer Treatment From NHIS Scheme

The Nigeria Medical Association has said that there must be a government policy in place to assist people with cancer in the country.

The association described the exclusion of cancer treatment from the National Health Insurance Scheme as a bias against Nigerian patients who could not afford the treatment.

The NMA at its 2018 Annual General Meeting in Uyo Akwa Ibom State, noted that the exclusion had caused many deaths in the country and increased the number of Nigerians suffering from chronic cancer.

In an interview with Newsmen, NMA president, Dr Adedayo Faduyile, said the body was concerned about the development, adding that NMA would intensify campaign with the view to pressuring the NHIS and the Federal Government to recognize cancer sufferers in the health scheme. In a separate interview, NHIS spokesman, Ayo Osinlu, said the scheme’s pool of fund would dry up if a capital intensive treatment like cancer was included.                                                       

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