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Do You Believe In Free Healthcare For All Nigerians?

There should be free healthcare for all nigerians especially in the rural areas, just like a lot of European countries do (especially the scandinavians and other northern europeans). Nigeria has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world (those were supposed to be our future Bill Gates, Isaac Newton's, Albert Einstein).

Mozambique drastically cut there infant mortality rates by training high school graduates and nurses for 4 years to perform surgeries. This was a very innovative new program that the W.H.O marvelled at and recommended to other developing nations. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/episodes/birth-of-a-surgeon/introduction/747/

In Nigeria, human beings are dying from absolutely curable diseases despite the fact that all it takes to even open a world class medical school is just $120 million dollars (20 mill. for the faculty and 100 mill. for the medical centre and facilities). Unfortunately, state govts are embezzling more than that a year, My friend almost died from malaria some years ago but thanks be to God that she is still alive. Sadly, not a lot of people are not as lucky as she is. So my question is how on earth should humans  be dying from malaria or tuberculosis or even contracting polio in the freakin' 21st century.

My fellow nigerians what is your take on this topic.

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See the current healthcare status in this nation - http://www.divanaija.com.ng/healthcare-nigeria-good-bad-ugly/

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It is a noble idea but I am not sure it can be financed in a country with 150million people, and many of whom don't pay tax.

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Anything given free can never be valued,even in freetown nothing is free.

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Like someone opined earlier, free healthcare or the lack of it remains at the bottom of our to-do list of primary essentials as a nation. Nigerians will still have to go into a referendum to determine their future as a republic.

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why not? are Nigerians not human beings?

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free kini? norin free man.

Somehow the goverment or the people will have to pay for it.

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There is a difference between free and affordable healthcare. Nigeria is really really far from free health care, I be careful and use the word affordable healthcare and not free. That would in debt Nigeria as a nation. Even the U.S. doesn't have free healthcare, but affordable and that's why Obama wants Congress to pass the Healthcare Reform Act soon.

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Nothing is impossible. Yes we can have free healthcare with time and progress.

But let us not worry about making it free. Let Governments, NGO's and the other sectors even provide the basic healthcare infrastructure. We are willing to pay if it exists. Thereafter we can talk of making it free. We just don't have healthcare at all, not to talk of free one.

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Free healthcare.

iya.

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Does nigeria even have reliable census figures and a detailed population database which would ensure intelligent health care budgeting?

By the way, where is the additional revenue going to come from. Somebody here mentioned 10,000 naira per head a month.

This translates to £480 per annum which is just  a little less than the   current per capita income!

This is even without taking into consideration all the building and diagnostic equipment costs.

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@ Topic.

Sure freehealth care for all SOUNDS good.

But here are the questions. How do we pay for it?

Are you willing to fork over the funds for it from your taxes?

What illnesses should be free?

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Like someone already alluded to earlier, free health care is the least of our problems, in Nigeria, at the moment. We need to first get healthcare right, then we can have the debate on what ought to be free and what ought not to, later.

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Free health care will be great, however, there is a need to make sure that it will work well, make sure that the govt is really commited to it, and finance all that has to do with it.

Free health care aint cheap at all, and if it means worsening the health care system in Nigeria, i will advise a second tier health system

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Free health care in Nigeria?

Not in the next 200 years.As soon as that project is embarked on, that's another avenue to loot trillions of dollars.Picture the scenario, N10,000 monthly would be allocated for every Nigerian in need (which makes up 99.6% of the populace).That's a staggering amount that would run into quadrillions if not quintillions of naira.Then a few silly old men who feel they know better will sit on the money.Even Obasanjo's $16 billion scam would be nothing compared to this.

What a country or rather, what a geopolitical joke.

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Health care should be free for poor Nigerians especially in the rural areas. Free health coverage should also include vaccinations, and diseases like malaria, typhoid, cholera, and co. Also, pregnant women should have access to free healthcare.

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Considering the parlous state of government finances such a system will never get off the ground.

It is quite surprising really for any one here to examine the Nigeria' s health care delivery system and think the major issue is free service.

The more pertinent issues are the lack of infrastructure which would bring about efficient preventive health care. I am talking about efficient and safe water supply and disposal systems, proper systems for waste disposal, mass literacy, etc

All these systems were in place in western european countries  BEFORE there was any kind of universal health care in place.

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When we use the word 'free', it means that it is, well, FREE!

But to the best of my knowledge somebody always has to pay, even in those societies where healthcare is supposed to be easily accesible. So what you have wouldn't really be considered free healthcare would it, as the taxpayer pays for those who don't have the money.

'Free' healthcare is a misnomer and cannot work in any society least of all in a developing nation like Nigeria where even with the current none-free services, Doctors and other health workers are impoverished and frustrated.

Perhaps what we mean when we talk about 'free' healthcare is 'funded' healthcare. If that is what we are looking for the words for, then the question would be 'do you believe in a funded healthcare for Nigerians?', to which my answer would be 'yes'. Then the next questions should be 'funded by whom and how?'

Now that's where it get's tricky. People in Havard and other such places, do Doctorate degrees trying to answer that question, but nobody seems to be clear what the answer should be and how to apply what they've come up with! Most people agree that the taxes or health insurance system should provide the funding, so let's go with what 'most' informed people say.  

In Nigeria our taxing system is not working. That's a fact. So it may be difficult to use it, as currently managed, to fund health care for everybody. Another option is making the already available Nigerian health insurance scheme to work and to become accessible to all Nigerians, including the formal, informal sector and the vulnerable population.

My thoughts are in favour of the latter because though imperfect, it still has more potentials for working than the currently porous tax system. But for either of them to work there has to be a properly articulated framework through which these taxes or health insurance contributions can be channelled to reach the health providers both in the poublic and private domain. The HMO's currently in place need to become better regulated private sector service providers with clear guidelines of practice and quality assurance mechanisms in place for the clinics under their reach. 

Making healthcare accesible to everybody in Nigeria requires innovation. The systems in place in North America and in Europe will be difficult to be replicated here, even when modified to take away those things about them that don't quite work. Having said that, it is possible to have our own unique system that can work!

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How's the Govt to pay for it na? Even if it's not free, it should at least be good, and the healthcare system's terribly poor, the attitude of doctors at public hospitals really something to see. I'm sure those who died from bad healthcare wouldn't mind paying for good healthcare and staying alive. A friend of mine was telling me how supremelyn incomptetent healthcare administration is over here. She said Naija doctors only know and treat two diseases: Malaria and typhoid. If anything else apart from that dey worry you, na die be dat.

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lol @Bota, my response was to @Davidf's post . lol

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Wht? Free medical health care, Please Nigeria should never dream of that with this kind of heartless people we have as leaders, Anything free from the govt. in Nigeria must be risky to the poor mases. You can imagin Nigerian govt. giving a free medical health care. OMG! You will watch your children and loved once die b4 your eyes, coz the nurses and doctors are on strike, or there is no avalaibility of drugs to commence treatment for emergency case,

All we need is just as simple as a quality and affordable medical health care, Infact that will go along way to reduce the mortality rate in Nigeria,

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We've not gotten the services due to us now we are paying 4health service let alone wen it is free. Abeeeeeeeeg o! They should leave it like this so one can protest wen given white chalk instead of panadol.

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Lucabrasi

i agree with ur opinion in toto.

Nigeria can afford that if we have visionary leaders and are determined to do it.

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YES , THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY POSSIBLE

YES IT WOULD

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Actually, i support free health care, but not for all. It should be for:

1. Pregnant women

2. Accident Victims

3. Robbery victims

4. People between the ages of 0-18 (minor)

5. Retired people or say, 50 years and above.

But do we all pay our taxes?

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with my little experience with healthcare in nigeria, what nigeria need is free PRIMARY HEALTHCARE. we can do it WHO style , just like cuba targeting prevention and education and treatment using available technology(modified for our use).the most expensive and difficult part is the education and prevention.nigeria has one of the highest rate of under 5 mortality rates in the world and sadly the top killers are diarhoea,measles, upper respiratory tract infections and malnutrition! they are responsible for 90 percent of the cases, they are extremely easy to manage too! T he main issue is the commitment to immunisation by govt and health workers, education and empowerement of mothers is the singular most effective method of fighting malnutrition, diarrhoea(wch kills in 8 hrs!) in children because research in eastern and southern part of nigeria has shown that when mothers are thot local preparation of salt sugar solution,and local and cheap sources of balanced diets (like pap.ground crayfish etc), mortality decreased by as much as 70 percent! clean healthy water is still an issue because it is almost based on political will!

with maternal mortality rates, well, we need good centres that are well eqiuped, that is lacking in nigeria, shikena!!

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uummmm . . . .  ok ( not sure why you had to tell me that ) but how does that change anything?

What about American Healthcare system sucks? By the way Canadian tax is actually high compared to American tax. Canadian healthcare QUALITY is not as good as American HealthCare Quality. So, if when you say American HealthCare SUCKS, you mean it costs more, then I ask you, who should be paying for it so you can get it free?

The system currently has people who are not even sick going to hospitals on Medicaid and you think it sucks? I live in a state where healthcare is provided FREE to children and adults and we pay seriously in taxes here. I mean people are already complaining and fighting any push to further increase taxes here. My Question is, if the people who want this free healthcare do not want to pay more, where is the money to pay for all this going to come from?

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@Kobojunkie

i was born in the us thank you much

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I will like free healthcare in Naija o but when we keep comparing our Naija systems to other nations, remember these people pay up to 40% of their income in taxes. Now, now, we all know how it is here. I remember they started giving out free medication for common illnesses like malaria some years ago and people (who are not even sick) will just go to the hospital to collect - their share of the national cake. This mentality will make it difficult for these things to work here.

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Free medical in any illness is okay not just for minor illness

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Yes, free health care is good. But we must define how free it is. I hope it will be free if u go for cancer, typhoid, gonorrhea, kidney transplant, heart disease too, Not just free for headache, fever, body pain. Let it be free for any ailment.

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Free Healthcare goes with 90% to 98% of the population actively in employment or some kind of employment. If a high proportion of the population is working taxes and national insurance can easily be collected at source and that money can be ploughed into to health services like what obtains in Britain. The key is high level of employment.

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FREE Healthcare for all is a very good idea. In the scandinavian countries, their tax is very high for working people, no escaping tax.

The problem I have with free things is that nobody want to pay for it.

If healthcare is totally free, who will pay for it?

In Nigeria, many taxable people avoid paying tax.

The oil money in Nigeria is not enough to provide free healthcare for all. Let us be realistic about free things for everybody.

I support free healthcare for: pregnant women, children under 18, pensioners and the officially jobless people. This means that employed people must be ready to pay tax to support the healthcare system in Nigeria.

Excellent record keeping of everybody must be done by the FG for any success.

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With the trillions of dollars we have in debt, you seriously believe Americans will enjoy FREE healthcare for all anytime soon? By the time your taxes get HIKED to pay for your FREE healthcare, you go begin wonder how FREE FREE really is.

Roflmao!!!! You live for here sef?

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canada has the closest to free healthcare i think but dont they pay something like 50% in taxes. the us is only 23% and the healthcare system there sucks big time

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have you personally benefitted from Obama's health reform before jumping on the zombie bandwagon?

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of course not in the short term i totally agree with that but im saying if it was put in the front burner,and we got our priorities right then it wont cost us anything to do it, if u called ibb,atiku,danjuma,and maybe 2 or 3 other governors,they are wealthy enough to build 5 world class fully equipped hospitals talk less of nigeria

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Even I, as educated as I am today, would think twice before allowing anyone in Nigeria lay hands on me to give me drug of any kind. Having had several family members die at the hands of doctors in Nigeria in the past couple of years alone, I would be petrified if I were to find myself in need of medical help on any of my visits to Nigeria. I understand the fears, that is why I pointed out earlier that government needs to instead invest money in improving quality of healthcare in that country first and foremost.

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I understand that the government should be responsible for thier people, but international aid agencies do enough (giving out moquito nets, condoms and co) I don't think that they have thier hands tied, they have access its just they can'only do soo much.

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But you have to understand people's fear. There are many cases in Nigeria whereby phamarceutical corporations (Pfizer/and others) have tested thier drugs on our people, lying to them that they're vaccination but those drugs lead to tragic consequences (death, and other forms of deformities, ) So I don't blame anyone.

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In the light of President Obama's health reform, does anyone believe in free healthcare for all Nigerians.

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International Aid Agencies have their hands tied by the government in countries where they mostly move to. They can only do so much for the people. People these days no longer consider their words as much as they consider what these agencies have to offer them for free. IMagine the number of condoms given away for free in Nigeria alone by many of these agencies. At the end of the day, many of these people have to choose to use them or not. Remember the case last year in the north where the people outright rejected calls to vaccinate their babies? People have to understand that they need to be more responsible. Nigerians are not there yet.

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castro was not really a visionary leader. his rise to power was aided by che guevara and the anti-batista elements he later purged out. that's not really what the thread is about.

we can do it but not in the short term future. u honestly don't expect a country states have huge domestic debts to start UHC. you are just going to start chaos. subsidized healthcare is a good start but UHC won't work at all.

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Free healthcare in Nigeria?

rotflmao!! Even if that's possible, what say you of the poor ppl in the village?

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good point. Unfortunately, most international aid programs that go to places like Africa, focus on treatment rather than prevention methods. So yes, you are right.

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Even right now with the terrible quality of healthcare, the cost is still outrageous in Nigeria compared to average earnings. All the Oil money we have can not pay for Free Health Care for 140 Million people. It is not doable and not wise to even embark on such a project. Improving quality will cost more money and that is money, aside from money to pay for healthcare costs.

I believe that embarking on more reasonable disease prevention measures at this time makes more sense. You clean up the environment, provide the people with adequate supply of clean water, push for vaccination of children and basically cultivating a prevention lifestyle will go along way in aiding the current health situation in that country. On the other hand, pushing for higher quality of healthcare, as well as providing subsidies makes more sense than embarking on an unreasonable project such as free health care for all, at this time in Nigeria. The same money many claim we have is the same pool we dip into to pull money for infrastruture and our new white elephant nuclear project.

I have to say I do not agree. I happen to have benefitted from the free healthcare for unemployed program here and I have to say, nothing low quality of it. I thank God for it as I still have my complete 32 and my eyes cause of programs like these. The Problem was through a church and not even the government.

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Free is not the issue but Quality healthcare: its easy to start anything but its hard to maintain it, esp. in Nigeria.

Even medicare, there are many people in the USA(a great country) that don't qualify for such programs. In fact about 18 million people in the USA are uninsured. Not because medicare is not available but because its a hard and expensive program to maintain so they need qualifiers to cut people out of the program.

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Again i got FREE medical care until i started work. It was good and FREE

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the point here is that we have the funds

we have the quality of doctors and consultants who are world class standards

so why cant we make it happen really??

we can  definitely do qualitative healthcare and free health delivery if its made a top priority

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