Health is indeed wealth and the importance of getting good and affordable healthcare cannot be overemphasized. Before now I had always believed HMO in Nigeria are restricted for employees of an organization. So to enjoy all the benefits of HMO in Nigeria, you have to be a staff of the organization. But it is interesting to discover that this narrative is changing.
Before I continue, let me explain a little about what an HMO is. According to NairaMetrics, an HMO is an acronym for a “Health Maintenance Organisation” in Nigeria. They are companies mandated solely to manage the provision of health care services through Health Care Facilities (Hospitals, Opticians, Dentists etc) Accredited by the Scheme. Basically, they are an intermediary between the hospital and companies seeking to provide healthcare for their employees and families of their employees.
From the above, it truly appears you cannot enjoy all these benefits without been employed. You may want to ask, what happens in a case where I am not working and I really want to access these benefits of HMO in Nigeria. And you cannot afford to pay the exorbitant bills that comes with hospitals, then this post is for you.
Reliance HMO is one of the leading HMOs in Nigeria and overtime they have proven this with their amazing offers. What’s more? You get to access these benefits even as an individual for as low as N3,500 from any hospital in Nigeria.
Benefits of Reliance HMO
#1: Health Emergency
So often, we always assume we are immune to illnesses because we eat and live healthy. But we often forget we are exposed to germs everyday we wake up, either in our homes or surrounding environment. Earlier this year, I never thought I will ever break down to the point of being hospitalized but it did happened.
Whenever I plan my monthly budgets, hospital bill has never been on that list in the last 15 years or more. But came January, I was faced with hospital bills. It was a good thing I had access to one of the plans of an HMO in Nigeria which is Reliance HMO, otherwise I would have been running around to raise the enormous bill.
The good news is that you can get to buy a plan for your family and they enjoy all the great benefits for as low as N3,500 monthly. If you are under the corporate plan, you can add all your dependents under you and they also get to access healthcare.
#3: Trusted HMO in Nigeria
This is coming from a personal experience having tried and trusted Reliance HMO amongst several others. I have previously tried 2 HMO in Nigeria and I remember being told that I can’t access a particular benefit even though it was expressly stated as at the point of registration. I called the customer care and they kept me on hold for several minutes. At the end of the day, I had to pay for it and told myself I was done with HMOs.
It’s so interesting that I enjoyed Reliance HMO benefits that I bought it for my parents as well. So far, it’s been so amazing that they deliver drugs straight to them at home without having to go to the hospital. Their customer service is indeed one I wish some Nigerian SMEs will model after.
#4: Access To a Gym and Spa
Imagine my surprise when I saw that I had access to a gym once a week and spa date once a year. I can now choose to limit my gym sessions to just Saturdays and play Badminton on weekdays while I can get a spa session anytime during the year.
These benefits are available for corporate plans and even individual plans when you get a graduated health benefits mean. This means that not all benefits are available from day one, but more get added benefits the longer you stay on your insurance.
You can read more about the benefits here.
#5: Pre Existing Condition Benefit
I have heard some friends complain that some HMO in Nigeria do not accept customers with a pre existing condition as this would mean more expense for them and bad for business. But for Reliance HMO, I was able to buy a plan for my dad despite a pre existing condition.
Pre-existing conditions are serious illnesses that have existed at any time before the start of your insurance plan. Treatment or advice may have been received for such conditions in the past. These should not be confused with simple illnesses such as headache, malaria, typhoid fever and infections
Some examples of pre-existing conditions include hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, lupus and haemoglobinopathies. This is not sold with the normal plans, rather, you purchase this benefit separately here.
Have you ever bought any HMO plan in Nigeria? What are your experiences being like? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
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