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HEALTHWIZE

It has been estimated that about 30,000 Nigerians spend $1 billion annually on medical tourism. 60 percent of this amount is spent in four major areas of healthcare, namely cardiology, orthopedics, renal dialysis issues and cancer. Africa may be home to less than 15 percent of the world’s population but it is the continent where up to 25 percent of the world’s diseases occur. Nigeria, being the most populous nation in Africa, has a large number of cases of widespread communicable diseases.

The three tiers of government run public health in Nigeria. The Federal Government is responsible for coordinating affairs in Federal Medical Centers and University Teaching Hospitals. The State Government is responsible for running general hospitals while the Local Government is responsible for dispensaries.

It has been estimated that about 30,000 Nigerians spend $1 billion annually on medical tourism. 60 percent of this amount is spent in four major areas of healthcare, namely cardiology, orthopedics, renal dialysis issues and cancer. Africa may be home to less than 15 percent of the world’s population but it is the continent where up to 25 percent of the world’s diseases occur. Nigeria, being the most populous nation in Africa, has a large number of cases of widespread communicable diseases.

The three tiers of government run public health in Nigeria. The Federal Government is responsible for coordinating affairs in Federal Medical Centers and University Teaching Hospitals. The State Government is responsible for running general hospitals while the Local Government is responsible for dispensaries.

Despite the involvement of the government in providing healthcare, It is quite worrying to note that a large percentage of families in Nigeria have no access to qualitative healthcare at the time when they need it. The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which was created to help alleviate the burdens of expensive healthcare is only available to a few percentage of people who work in the formal sector. What then happens to the millions of Nigerians in the informal sector? Do we live them to keep dying from preventable and curable diseases? This is where our HealthWize program addresses.

‘Biodunandibikunle Foundation is making qualitative healthcare accessible to low-income families under our HealthWize program. This is done in partnership with Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs), and individual families involved.

We provide a percentage of the premium payable to access health facilities at partner hospitals, while the families also provide a portion of the premium due.

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