Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, who made this known on Monday said the vice president communicated this while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said an effective National Health Insurance scheme remained the best option for the development of the health sector and efficient healthcare delivery in the country.
“We have a good opportunity to do something about the National Health Insurance within the next four years of our tenure.
“It is obvious that government, at both the Federal and State levels cannot adequately provide healthcare services for the almost 200million Nigerian people.”
Citing India as an example, he said that Asian country, with a population of over one billion people had the most privatised healthcare system in the world, with individual states being responsible for providing healthcare services.
Osinbajo emphasised the need for doctors to be remunerated properly regardless of their location, either rural or urban.
“We must find a logical way of addressing this issue.
“We must ensure that the states pick up their own part of the responsibility of providing healthcare at their own level.
” Through the National Economic Council (NEC), there is the opportunity to talk to State governors and one of the things we do is to look at the human development indices, especially for Primary Health Care.
“There are States that are simply not doing enough and we must ensure that they scale up to the plate. States must be held to account because a lot of the responsibilities are theirs,” he said.
Osinbajo said that National Health Insurance was key in resolving a lot of the financial problems in the Health Sector.