Plateau health agency revalidates operational guidelines to expand scope

Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency

THE Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) says it is revalidating its operational guidelines to expand and improve service delivery.

The Director-General of PLASCHEMA, Dr Fabong Jemchang, said this on Monday in Jos at a two-day revalidation meeting and revised operational guidelines for secondary care providers.

Jemcheng said that the essence of the revalidation was for stakeholders to affirm and validate the inputs they made during the reversion process of the operational guidelines to make it a working document.

According to him, the revalidation will improve service delivery and care to beneficiaries.

He said that the measure would improve the scheme’s engagement with healthcare providers and increase the agency’s uptake in the state social health insurance scheme.

He added that “this will speed up the realisation of Universal Health Coverage in the state.”

The director-general described the agency as “the biggest social safety net provided by the state government to eliminate out-of-pocket expenditure to improve the health indices of the people.”

He called on the public, who had not enrolled into the scheme to do so as it also served as a means of financial protection for the enrollees.

Dr Jerry Ogwuche, one of the stakeholders at the event, said the revalidation of the scheme’s operational guidelines was apt.

He said it would address some gray areas such as payment percentage cost for some services and the inclusion of certain services that are paramount, initially not captioned in the guidelines.(NAN)