- To determine the public awareness of the National Health Insurance Scheme
(NHIS) among patients accessing health care in Supreme Faith Hospital,
design and Setting - A cross-sectional study design that made use of
quantitative survey method involving data collection and analysis.
120 voluntary adults who access health care services at Supreme Faith Hospital,
The study revealed that a greater number of respondents i.e. 82 (68.3%) were
aware of the existence of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) but only
38(31.7%) were enrolees in a hospital setting which is accredited to providing
health care services under NHIS. There were more females (64.2%) than males
(35.8%) among the respondents. A greater number of respondents were educated;
Secondary (36.7%) and Tertiary education (48.3%), while Primary education
(8.0%) and none/others (10.0%) were much lesser. There was weak statistical significant
finding between education and awareness of NHIS (p=0.045).
The awareness of NHIS was high among patients who were accessing health care
services in an accredited facility in Nigeria. However, the number of enrolees
among them was much lesser than expected. It is recommended that effort should
be geared towards improving the rate of enrolment process, especially in the
face of the heavy burden of out-of-payment expenditure in health care.
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