The National Health Insurance Scheme says the dispute between Health Care Providers and Health Maintenance Organizations has been resolved.
The NHIS Spokesman, Emmanuel Ononokpono, said in a statement that the resolution followed efforts aimed at maintaining sustainable service delivery.
Hospitals, under the aegis of Health Care Providers Association of Nigeria and other associate bodies, had earlier announced plans to drop HMOS and imposed a new tariff structure for Private Health Insurance from today.
The statement said a meeting convened at the instance of the NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof Mohammed Sambo, enabled the parties to reach an interim but mutual understanding.
The MOU aimed at ensuring that a potential crisis is averted and persons operating health insurance on a private basis are not stranded.
Sambo said the NHIS was the only legally recognized body that has the authority to come up with services tariffs for health insurance in the country.
When contacted, HCPAN President, Jimi Arigbabuwo, confirmed that the planned contract termination with HMOS had been put on hold.
He said that the NHIS has also directed the Health Care Providers being owed by HMOS to forward the indebtedness to NHIS for reconciliation so that such HMOS can pay the debts.
February 7 has been specifically chosen as the deadline cum ultimatum to complete the final document as well as work on the agreement.
Also, Chairman, HMCAN, Leke Oshunniyi, said discussions at a meeting in Lagos with healthcare providers were amicable.