Awareness and Attitude of Medical Practitioners in Ilorin Towards the National Health Insurance Scheme

  • IA KATIBI Departments of Internal Medicine, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
  • AA AKANDE Chemical Path. and Immunology, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
  • TM AKANDE Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Ilorin, PMB 1515, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria


National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has remained on the drawing board since 1962. With the renewed interest and efforts at full commencement of the Scheme, an attempt was therefore made to study tle awareness and the attitude of 112 doctors practising across disciplines at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Even though all the respondents (100%) were aware of the Scheme, only 23.3% considered themselves as having adequate information on it.

Newspapers (61.1%) and seminars/workshop (35.2%) were the major sources of information on the Scheme. Majority of the respondents opined that both the public (94.6%) and the health care providers (89.3%) have not been adequately mobilized for the scheme. Also worthy of note was the fact that even though 43.9% of the respondents had reservations on the Scheme as presently packaged, majority of them (66.1%) were willing to participate in it. It is, therefore, suggested that efforts should be made to improve the level of information and mobilization on the Scheme using the media of newspapers and scientific meetings.

KEY WORDS: NHIS, knowledge, attitude, doctors.

Sahel Med. J. Vol.6(1) 2003: 14-16

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