(AllAfrica.com) - A National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), a compulsory medical premium intended for citizens to insure their lives, is expected to come into force in the country.
If approved by the Liberian Legislature, the country will become the second in the sub-region after Ghana and third on the continent after Rwanda to do so. The Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, who made the disclosure, said it would afford Liberians the opportunity to have access to basic health needs.
He spoke Tuesday in Monrovia during the formal launch of the National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia (NHANL), a conglomeration of civil society organizations and community-based health-related organizations. NHANL is a branch of the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO).
"There is a need for adequate resource budget-support to the health needs of our people; we urged the government and its partners to allot 15 percent to health.