MTN, Salt & Ein­stein MTS part­ner on mo­bile health in­sur­ance

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

MTN Nigeria in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Salt & Ein­stein MTS has an­nounced a strate­gic part­ner­ship to launch a mo­bile based uni­ver­sal health in­sur­ance ser­vice known as Y’ello Health un­der the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme (NHIS).

Ac­cord­ing to the firms, this ser­vice will pro­vide Nige­ri­ans af­ford­able health in­sur­ance cover on a pre-paid ba­sis.

The Y’ello Health cover will af­ford mo­bile sub­scribers the op­por­tu­nity to opt into a mi­cro health­care in­sur­ance scheme through Health Man­age­ment Or­ga­ni­za­tions (HMO’s) us­ing their mo­bile phones for a range of pre-de­fined med­i­cal treat­ments for which af­ford­able pre­mium can also be re­mit­ted through the sub­scribers’ mo­bile phone.

The ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of NHIS, Dr. Femi Thomas said, “MTN is a large player in the Nige­rian econ­omy, hav­ing a good num­ber of reg­is­tered Nige­ri­ans on its data­base. To be able to reach out to Nige­ri­ans, we at NHIS de­cided to part­ner with Salt & Ein­stein MTS and MTN on this new ini­tia­tive to achieve “Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age” for Nige­ri­ans na­tion­wide.

He ex­plained that the part­ner­ship be­came cru­cial in view of the need to ex­tend health in­sur­ance to Nige­ri­ans from all walks of life.

Also speak­ing on the ini­tia­tive, the Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Salt and Ein­stein MTS, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe said his vast ex­pe­ri­ence in mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and tele­coms in Nigeria will be har­nessed to drive the scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to him, hav­ing iden­ti­fied the need to lever­age the mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion and un­matched reach of mo­bile tele­coms in Nigeria, sta­tis­tics re­vealed that mo­bile tele­coms sub­scrip­tion in Nigeria is over 120 mil­lion which cre­ates ad­e­quate grounds for di­rect health in­sur­ance pro­vi­sion to Nige­ri­ans who with­out this would have no ac­cess to the NHIS.

Mean­while, MTN Sales & Dis­tri­bu­tions Ex­ec­u­tive, Omat­sola Bar­row said, “MTN’s mo­ti­va­tion to part­ner on the health in­sur­ance ini­tia­tive with the Salt & Ein­stein MTS and NHIS, is driven by the firm’s pas­sion to re­duce ex­clu­sion and so­cial dis­par­i­ties by sup­port­ing govern­ment’s vi­sion of de­liv­er­ing health care for all as well as to make health care mo­bile by in­te­grat­ing it into the MTN broader dig­i­tal strat­egy”

The MTN Yello Health In­sur­ance will en­able cus­tomers visit the hospi­tal twice monthly or up to 7 times an­nu­ally to a max­i­mum treat­ment cover of N80,000.00 an­nu­ally. It also gives ac­cess to over 6000 hos­pi­tals across the coun­try cur­rently reg­is­tered on the NHIS scheme.

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