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1. Are there proposals for reform or significant change to the healthcare system?
There are currently various bills before the National Assembly (legislative arm in Nigeria) for the repeal and re-enactment of the extant National Health Insurance Scheme Act, which provides for national health insurance in the country.
The bills are at the preliminary stage in the legislative process, thus its current substance is likely to be revised substantially before enactment.
2. When are they likely to come into force?
Given that the bills are still at the preliminary stages, we are unable to ascertain with exactitude when the bills will come into force. Presently, they have been referred to the Committee of Health within the legislative, for comments and recommendations.