Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme (BHIS) is a social security programme designed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an enabler for an inclusive social protection system. UHC could be achieved in the state through access to quality and essential healthcare service, access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines, and financial risk protection for all Bayelsans.
Against this background, the State Government established the Bayelsa Health Insurance Scheme through the BAYELSA HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME LAW, 2019, LAWS OF BAYELSA STATE, that makes participation mandatory for all residents of the state.
BHIS is authorized to establish sustainable and equitable domestic health financing mechanisms and policies that promote access to and utilization of healthcare services across all income and social strata, and health-risk and demographic distribution of the state.
BHIS is created to be a single publicly owned and administered strategic purchaser of healthcare services in the state. The aim is to see health as a public good and social investment that will lead to increase in efficiency and quality of the state workforce, improve health indicator indices in the state as well as increase labour participation and productivity.
THE MANDATE OF BHIS IS TO ENSURE THAT ALL RESIDENTS OF BAYELSA STATE HAVE ACCESS TO NEEDED HEALTHCARE SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT AND OF GOOD QUALITY.
TO CREATE A VIRILE, DYNAMIC AND HIGHLY RESPONSIVE HEALTHCARE FINANCING SYSTEM THAT IS DIRECTED AT MAKING NEEDED HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE, ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF BAYELSA STATE BASED ON APPROPRIATENESS, SOCIAL SOLIDARITY, PROGRESSIVE UNIVERSALISM AND EQUITY.
BHIS MISSION IS TO MAKE HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL BAYELSANS OF ALL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CLASSES, THROUGH FAIR AND EQUITABLE FINANCING OF HEALTHCARE COST, IMPROVING TECHNICAL AND ALLOCATIVE EFFICIENCY, STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS, AND A DETERMINED PURSUIT TO ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE AND QUALITATIVE HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY BY PROVIDING REGULATORY OVERSIGHT TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE VALUE CHAIN.